Stanford University lecture on control systems cyber security

Oct. 13, 2011

I was invited to give a lecture on control system cyber security to a Stanford University graduate Computer Systems Colloquium.  As this was Stanford, a number of “grey hairs” attended including some of the top names in computers and networking. One of the attendees was Ed Feigenbaum, the “father of expert systems” and ex-Chief Scientist of the Air Force.  There was also a representative from the Hoover Institution. 
I was invited to give a lecture on control system cyber security to a Stanford University graduate Computer Systems Colloquium.  As this was Stanford, a number of “grey hairs” attended including some of the top names in computers and networking. One of the attendees was Ed Feigenbaum, the “father of expert systems” and ex-Chief Scientist of the Air Force.  There was also a representative from the Hoover Institution. 
The lecture was well-received and there was a significant amount of discussion. An interesting observation by one of the Stanford professors was how are you going to solve the control system problems when the “best and brightest” are going to Google and hedge funds, not GE or Siemens. 
As a follow-on, the Center for international Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is intending to become an academic "think tank" in the cyber security area. Their first attempt at cyber security was 1997-2000, but ended abruptly. Hopefully, this time around cyber security will get more traction. 
Joe Weiss

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