I have been attending and participating in the Distributech Conference for many years and attended this year’s Conference in San Diego Wednesday and Thursday. I had an opportunity to “walk the floor” and had several observations I would like to share: - My very unofficial observation was that Distributech was...
The first question that comes up with any discussion of the Smart Grid is what is it? I know of no single definition. The one aspect I believe that applies to any definition of the Smart Grid is two-way communications with consequent cyber security considerations.
I organized the first two control system cyber security panels at ISA Expo 2001 in Houston on 9/10. At that time, control system cyber security was a reliability and economic issue and did not become a national security issue until the next day – 9/11.
I had some recent experiences with very knowledgeable people that demonstrate how little we really communicate with each other. Yesterday I had a discussion with an IT security vendor who has a security solution for endpoint devices.
After hearing Ross Anderson's contribution to S4, Éireann Leverett used the SCADASEC listserve to ask if you think we need more economic research to be done with in the SCADA Security community, particularly on the cost of incidents. He additionally asks if we get some good data on the cost...
There is an on-going thread concerning system complexity and security trends on the SCADA perspective listserver. In order to maintain the very high reliability required of control systems, they are built on the KISS principle - "Keep It Simple Stupid." System complexity goes against the KISS principle.
Last week, I attended the ISA 100 Wireless meeting in Mt. View including the Trusted Wireless Interest Group (TWIG) meeting. There were several very good presentations on different aspects of security. However, none were specific to wireless.