Control system cyber incidents and why they are so often overlooked

April 8, 2015

The general discussions on control system cyber incidents focus on the lack of documented incidents.  The lack of documented incidents is generally due to lack of appropriate diagnostics and/or lack of appropriate training to identify the incidents as cyber. The following article provides a good discussion about the subject: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Passcode/2015/0323/How-cyberattacks-can-be-overlooked-in-America-s-most-critical-sectors

Cyber security is now a very hot subject. However, the discussions are about IT cyber security and data breaches not control system cyber security and equipment damage. Where there have been discussions about control system cyber security, the discussions generally focus on the lack of documented control system cyber incidents. The lack of documented incidents is generally due to lack of appropriate control system cyber security forensics and/or lack of appropriate training for Operations staff to identify the incidents as cyber. However, control system cyber incidents continue to occur and continue not to be identified as cyber. Identifying control system cyber incidents can provide a basis for developing and implementing appropriate control system cyber security technologies, policies, and training. Senior management often doesn’t believe control system cyber security is real, which results in the lack of senior management buy-in. Identifying control system cyber incidents can demonstrate to senior management the problem is real and the consequent need to support a control system cyber security program. The following article provides a good discussion about this subject: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Passcode/2015/0323/How-cyberattacks-can-be-overlooked-in-America-s-most-critical-sectors

Joe Weiss

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