Control Systems Cybersecurity Expert, Joseph M. Weiss, is an international authority on cybersecurity, control systems and system security. Weiss weighs in on cybersecurity, science and technology, security emerging threats and more.
There is a common misperception that an OT network monitoring solution from any OT network monitoring vendor can find subtle process sensor issues (e.g., sensor drift when the sensor is still in normal operating range, clogged sensing lines when the sensor is still in operating range, etc.).
During 2018, Operational Technology (OT) cyber security and threat hunting vendors flourished. There also were many control system cyber vulnerabilities, multiple unintentional control system cyber incidents, multiple control system cyber attacks. What is still missing is adequately addressing the control system field devices.
I wrote an article for RealComm (corporate real estate organization) on control system cyber security and what it means to commercial buildings. I have provided two actual examples of physical damage to buildings, in this case data centers, from control system cyber incidents.
The 2018 President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) report “Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage – How to Strengthen the Capabilities of the Nation”, was issued December 2018. How can we respond and recover from catastrophic power outages when we continue to ignore the devices that can prevent “respond and recover”?...
One of the last of the executive nuclear power pioneers that led the transition from navy nuclear plants to commercial nuclear power passed away. He also was aware that cyber security needed to be addressed.
Moody’s will incorporate cyber risk into its existing credit ratings. Moody's is considering a stand-alone cyber risk rating separate from the credit rank – this is expected to include control system cyber threats.
The lack of cyber security of sensors are a real, but unaddressed problem. There is an approach that can directly address reliability, safety, quality, and productivity. What does it take to wake people up before further catastrophic sensor-related failures occur?