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They're Also Doing It in Kazakhstan

More folks from everywhere are doing it--"it" being taking proactive steps to get the engineers and technicians they're going to need in the next couple of decades. The following popped up in my mailbox yesterday.  If folks less than a century removed from a largely rural, nomadic/agricultural society can get with...

More "them as can..."

COLUMBIA, Ill., June 24, 2008 — MAVERICK Technologies, a next-generation engineering, systems integration and operational consulting firm, announced today that it has accepted its first two Ranken Technical College graduates into its Project Support Center (PSC) re...

What ARE the vendors really building?

The major control system suppliers are claiming they provide tested secure DCS and SCADA systems. To my knowledge, at least four major control system suppliers, in this case 3 DCS and one SCADA, are providing less security than advertized.

Another letter from Kim Miller Dunn

I received over the weekend, another letter from Kim Miller Dunn, the 2008 ISA President: Dear Member: Congratulations! You've reached a significant professional milestone--thirty years of continuous membership in ISA. The Society thrives because of the dedication of Members like you. Thank you for your many years of involvement in ISA.

Bandolier: Gold Standard, or Only Half Way There?

I want to specifically respond to Ralph Langer’s comments from my blog post on Severity Levels. Ralph posted, “While I agree in general that severity cannot be established without context, experience tells me that such context can hardly be established by any kind of automated software tool.

Guest Post: Jake Brodsky on the Roadmaps and what’s going wrong…

We have a problem.  We have efforts at all levels to secure industrial control systems, but there isn't much coordination.  Some efforts are falling by the wayside.  The Roadmaps for energy and water are mostly taking top-down approaches.  There are approaches in the middle such as the ISA-99, and going...

So where in cyberspace is the nuclear power community?

Where is the nuclear power community? It has been a year since Congressmen Bennie Thompson and James Langevin sent a letter to Chairman Klein of the NRC with a series of questions related to the Browns Ferry 3 Nuclear Plant Broadcast Storm incident.

Cyber Week in Review: May 19-23, 2008

The Week (May 19-23) in Review I thought Dale Peterson’s weekly review was a great idea so I have decided to do my own: Two major events occurred on either side of the country the same day - Congressional hearings on cyber security of the grid and Connectivity Week (Smart...

Electric Power 2008– is NERC CIP compliance a game?

I just returned from participating on a panel session at Electric Power 2008 in Baltimore. Electric Power 2008 is focused on electric power generation (not transmission and distribution). Consequently, it was fascinating to hear what the generation attendees felt about security and the NERC CIPs as well as to see...

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