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NERC Gets It

Press Release Michael J. Assante Named as NERC Chief Security Officer Release now available at: www.nerc.com. PRINCETON, N.J., August 18, 2008 – The North American Electric Reliability Corporation announced today that Michael J. Assante has been named its new Chief Security Officer.

I am not going to PCSF and here’s why…

I need to be very clear about this. I am not attending PCSF next week because of the press of work here. I have a 100 page magazine to get out by Friday of next week, and we are significantly behind schedule. I sincerely regret not being able to be present.

Joe shares his thoughts on the qualifications of control system security vendors

The following is an ad from Digital Bond's website. It is the second time they have advertised for control system expertise AFTER obtaining a DHS or DOE contract. "Digital Bond is still hiring security researchers to help with Bandolier, Portaledge and Quickdraw.

Joe shares his overall thoughts on the ACS conference

Overall ACS Conference Observations After a grueling week, I had a chance to collect my thoughts and have the following observations: - The attendees felt the Conference was a major success and want it to continue. - People will come if they think there is information of value.

Get ready for more chaos!

"FEMA is planning for a voluntary preparedness accreditation and certification program mandated by Title IX of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. They intend to establish a common set of criteria for private sector preparedness, including disaster management, emergency management, and business continuity programs. The goal of this voluntary program...

Joe Weiss Discusses Thursday Session at the ACS Conference

2008 Applied Control Solutions Conference Blog - Thursday Here is the Thursday agenda:

Joe Weiss Reviews Wednesday Session at ACS Conference

2008 Applied Control Solutions Conference Blog - Wednesday Enclosed is the Wednesday agenda: Operations Data Network: How We Did It! Patching Issues with Modern and Legacy Control Systems Zoning Principals in a Production and Distribution Environment AMI Standards and Cyber Security Secure Network Architecture for Control Systems Cyber Security in...

Joe Weiss on the Tuesday activities at the ACS Conference

2008 Applied Control Solutions Conference Blog - Tuesday Here is the Tuesday agenda:

Security and safety with blood and guts

Be afraid, be very afraid...and pay attention, Grasshopper! Walt here, hijacking Unfettered for a book review that is sorta out of everybody's field. I think you should all read it. It puts into perspective what we are all trying to prevent.

Thoughts on the ACS Conference

2008 Applied Control Solutions Conference Overview August 4-7 marked the Eighth Control System Cyber Security Conference. Times have certainly changed. When this Conference began in 2002, it was the only conference dedicated to control system cyber security, and conferences like Black Hat did not address control system topics.