The electric industry still has done very little other than paper studies to address the Aurora mitigation. DOD is working with two utilities to demonstrate the use of the Aurora hardware mitigation devices. The first utility has provided DOD with several dozen event reports to date.
August 19th, I spent a day with the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Version 5 Drafting team working on one of the NERC CIP Standards. The focus was on boundary protection, not on the actual control system devices and serial communications which were explicitly excluded.
The 14th ICS Cyber Security Conference (www.icscybersecurityconference.com) will have 5 major themes: Actual ICS cyber incidents; ICS cyber security standards; ICS cyber security solutions; ICS cyber security demonstrations; and ICS policy issues. The Conference focuses on what has REALLY happened and what is being done that affects the CONTROL SYSTEMS.
August 12th, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group hosted the 2014 Silicon Valley Cyber Security Summit. The attendance was very high level with 2 US Senators, 2 US Representatives, senior leadership from McAfee, Symantec, RSA, etc. There was almost no ICS focus or discussions though there were discussions about the need for...
There is still a prevailing view that control system cyber security is not real and the cost of addressing it is not commensurate with the “benefits”. There have already been more than 350 actual control system cyber incidents.
The most recent Washington think tank to write a paper involving cyber security and the electric grid is the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and the paper is “Understanding the threats to the most critical infrastructure while securing a changing grid”.
Real ICS cyber incidents including cyber attacks against critical infrastructure ICSs continue to occur. Yet, ICSs continue to be connected to the Internet. Moreover, the information is not being adequately shared. Additionally, vulnerabilities such as Aurora are not being adequately addressed yet the government has made the information public.
Unisys sponsored a report by the Ponemon Institute: “Critical Infrastructure: Security Preparedness and Maturity”. It is being widely quoted even thought there was little Operational input and many of the questions were not relevant control systems. Consequently, the results need to be questioned as to their relevance.
I will be attending the Air Force Research Institute’s C-ACTS meeting on July 17th. The intent of the meeting is to identify and highlight strategic issues, foster research, collaboration, and develop educational programs that explore national security and military operations in cyber space.
For the first time, we are having a formal call for presentations for the 2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference - www.icscybersecurityconference.com. The call for presentations can be found at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/2014-ics-cyber-security-conference-call-for-papers-now-open-2014-07-10.