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Monday, I had a chance to wander the halls in a similar manner as I do at ISA, Distributech, IEEE, etc. In this case, it was all IT-focused. Whereas at Distributech, NERC CIP was prevalent with many of the vendor displays, here I found only 1 vendor that mentioned it.
Tomorrow, Jon Stanford, the Chief Information Security Officer from BPA, and myself will be holding a session at RSA on “Why We need Both IT Security and Control System Expertise to Secure Control Systems”. RSA bills itself as the largest Information Security Conference in the World.
US Vice President Joe Biden and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke visited the ABB Transformer plant in Jefferson City, Mo., yesterday and made a couple of automation and cyber-related announcements. Here's the relevant portion of the ABB press release about the visit:
Tuesday was an interesting day. Mike Assante, NERC’s Vice President and Chief Security Officer, issued a letter on the status of CIP-002 – Critical Asset Identification. http://www.nerc.com/fileUploads/File/News/CIP-002-Identification-Letter-040709.pdf
With the recent flurry of discussions dealing with legislation, Smart Grid, etc, I thought I should update the information that will be discussed at the October ACS Control System Cyber Security Conference: