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.
Tuesday and Wednesday June 5 and 6 I will be participating in the ISA99 Face-to-Face meetings at Catholic University in Washington DC. Cyber security (or lack thereof) of Level 0,1 devices and networks will be an important topic.
I participated in the 2018 Air Force Cyber Strategy Conference at Maxwell Air Force Base’s Air University giving a presentation on control system cyber security with a focus on the lack of security in process sensors, actuators, and drives.
The American Association of Water Distribution & Management (AAWD&M) has a Video Module Series on critical infrastructure. Fellow speakers were from the California Water Resources Control Board, Appalachian State University, Alvaka Networks, and myself. My presentation discussed control system cyber security with a focus on water/wastewater facilities including selected water...
The focus of control systems is reliability, availability, productivity, and safety which is directly affected by field devices such as process sensors, actuators, and drives. Yet the focus of cyber security has been on networks and data. There is also a lack of understanding of control systems.
Unfortunately, the culture gap between the control system and network security communities is alive and well. Our systems might stand a chance when this culture gap is surmounted and both communities work together to maintain reliability and safety.
The focus of the ICSJWG presentations were on network considerations. Addressing cyber threats to the process sensors before they become Ethernet packets was not considered other than my presentation. Yet, this is a shortcut to compromising any safety system.