Critical Infrastructure

Industrial control systems (ICS) and cyber-risks

Industrial control systems (ICS) and cyber-risks

One of Europe's foremost specialists in securing the technology that controls critical infrastructure, Mark Carolan, believes information security pros should be worried about ICS in their infrastructure.

ISSE 2016: the boundaries of critical infrastructure

ISSE 2016: the boundaries of critical infrastructure

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Jan Rochat, CTO of AET technologies, reminded an ISSE 2016 audience that the security boundaries of critical infrastructure are not quite as concrete at they seem

UN Atomic agency admits a cyber-attack 'disrupted' a nuclear power plant

UN Atomic agency admits a cyber-attack 'disrupted' a nuclear power plant

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A senior UN official has told press that a nuclear power plant was disrupted several years ago by a cyber-attack

IP Expo: The future of cyber security [video]

IP Expo: The future of cyber security [video]

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"Where bits and bytes meet flesh and blood" was the main area of concern for industry panelists, ranging from Critical Infrastructure - where strict controls may be impossed, to consumer IOT goods - where they can't.

State officials warn Congress: don't damage public confidence in election systems

State officials warn Congress: don't damage public confidence in election systems

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An association of state officials has published an open letter that seeks to strengthen public confidence in the electoral process, in light of research that has raised questions about the security of voting machines.

Israeli parliament recommends creation of national cyber-authority

Israeli parliament recommends creation of national cyber-authority

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The Israeli Knesset waits on the passage of a bill which would see the amalgamation of Israel's cyber-defences into one central authority

Critical infrastructure in Europe exposed to hackers

Critical infrastructure in Europe exposed to hackers

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Power stations in Germany, Italy and Israeli smart building could be accessed by criminal hackers

[Updated] New EU directive requires critical infrastructure to improve cyber-security

[Updated] New EU directive requires critical infrastructure to improve cyber-security

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The European Parliament has passed this morning the new network and information security (NIS) directive, placing minimum standards for cyber-security on critical infrastructure operators.

Cylance exposes 'Dust Storm' APT attack on Japanese infrastructure

Cylance exposes 'Dust Storm' APT attack on Japanese infrastructure

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Chinese suspected of APT attack on Japanese critical infrastructure.

BlackEnergy evolving to attack new sectors

BlackEnergy evolving to attack new sectors

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Trend Micro is reporting that Russian hackers likely attempted to use BlackEnergy malware to attack a mining operation and railway, in addition to taking down two power plants in the Ukraine in December.

Black Hat Amsterdam: Oil & Gas cyber-vulnerabilities

Black Hat Amsterdam: Oil & Gas cyber-vulnerabilities

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There is no air gap between IT and OT that was the key message for oil and gas sector CISOs coming out of the Black Hat Amsterdam talk by Alexander Polyakov and Mathieu Geli

Secret NSA map shows Chinese cyber-espionage targets in US

A secret NSA map was obtained by a news outlet shows the locations of 'Victims of Chinese Cyber-Espionage' targets based in the US

Stuxnet-style attack on US smart grid could cost government $1 trillion

Stuxnet-style attack on US smart grid could cost government $1 trillion

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A new report into the insurance implications of a wide-scale cyber-attack on the US energy sector reveals just how costly the breach would be for government and insurers.

What's wrong with CBEST?

What's wrong with CBEST?

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CBEST has its critics - and defenders - as the industry grapples with how best to ensure critical infrastructure deploys best practice, as Tom Reeve reports

A Critical Threat

A Critical Threat

Attacks on critical national infrastructure are a growing concern, not just the banking and civil infrastructure, but also control systems used in the physical delivery of services. This is set to become even more of a problem as SCADA systems become internet enabled, reports Kate O'Flaherty

61% of critical infrastructure execs 'could detect attack in less than a day'

61% of critical infrastructure execs 'could detect attack in less than a day'

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A majority of critical infrastructure executives believe their systems appeal to cyber-criminals, but also that they could detect any attack according to Tripwire findings just published.

Hundreds of wind turbines and solar systems vulnerable to attack

Hundreds of wind turbines and solar systems vulnerable to attack

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German security researcher Maxim Rupp has discovered numerous security flaws with solar lighting systems and wind turbines which, if maliciously exploited by an attacker, could result in disrupting energy supplies.

Delivering digital services: SC Roundtable report

Delivering digital services: SC Roundtable report

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The public sector is being asked to deliver its services digitally, with availability and reliability just as important as security, as our experts agreed at a recent SC Magazine Roundtable

RSA 2015: Critical infrastructure operators told: Make cyber security a priority

RSA 2015: Critical infrastructure operators told: Make cyber security a priority

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You must want malware if you deploy old operating platforms, so priorise cyber-security, critical infrastructure operators told.

BadUSB malware could be used to infect ICSs

BadUSB malware could be used to infect ICSs

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BadUSB malware could be used to manipulate industrial systems, says one security researcher.

UK National Grid under constant cyber-attack

UK National Grid under constant cyber-attack

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A senior government figure says that the UK's power grid is under "minute-by-minute" attacks from computer hackers but information security experts aren't so sure.

German iron plant hit by APT attack

German iron plant hit by APT attack

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A German federal agency has detailed in a new report how an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attack physically damaged an unnamed iron plant in the country.

David Blunkett: Share skills & intel to improve national cyber-security

David Blunkett: Share skills & intel to improve national cyber-security

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Former UK Home Secretary David Blunkett says the cross-sector sharing of information and skills is essential if nation critical cyber-attacks - and cyber- terrorism - are to be averted.

National Grid CISO talks up security convergence

National Grid CISO talks up security convergence

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National Grid's chief information security officer and head of digital risk Graham Wright talked targeted attacks, critical infrastructure and the blurring of physical and digital security at a recent London conference.

Hundreds of Norwegian energy companies hit by cyber-attacks

Hundreds of Norwegian energy companies hit by cyber-attacks

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Approximately 300 oil and energy companies in Norway have been hit by one of the biggest cyber-attacks ever to have happened in the country, a government official is reported to have claimed.

How do you stop an Energetic Bear?

How do you stop an Energetic Bear?

Companies must think like a hacker and commit to penetration testing to protect themselves from data breaches, says Chema Alonso.

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