Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Roadways: How Smart Cities Create New Risks

Advanced technology has changed countless facets of everyday life, from internal enterprise processes to consumer pursuits and beyond. Even the design, management and support for large and small cities has shifted thanks to innovative smart city systems. While advanced components to support utilities, critical infrastructure, traffic and more can bring numerous benefits, these solutions also open…
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Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

In May of 1998, President Clinton issued Presidential Decision Directive 63: Protecting America’s Critical Infrastructures. This Directive proposed steps to enact the recommendations of the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, published in October 1997. Twenty years on, how are things going? The US Federal government has identified critical infrastructure sectors and associated each with…
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The Aurora Power Grid Vulnerability and the BlackEnergy Trojan

At recent Industrial IoT security briefings, the Aurora vulnerability has come up repeatedly. Attendees ask, “Is our country’s power grid safe? How can we protect the grid? What is Aurora?” This post provides a look at Aurora, and the BlackEnergy attack that can exploit Aurora. In March 2007, the US Department of Energy demonstrated the…
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How the Industry 4.0 Era Will Change the Cybersecurity Landscape

Today’s highly automated and connected smart factories (Industry 4.0) were born out of yesterday’s steam engines that mechanized manufacturing (Industry 1.0); mass-production lines expanded with the advent of electricity (Industry 2.0); and then IT-enabled manufacturing plants ushered in the era of connected industrial control systems with programmable logic controllers (PLC). While enterprises struggle to enhance…
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Secrets of the Wiper: Inside the World’s Most Destructive Malware

The actors behind this kind of code, whether they’re bent on sending a political message or simply wanting to cover their tracks after data exfiltration, have adopted various techniques to carry out those activities. READ MORE HERE…

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Free Speech Advocates Blast Amazon Over Threats Against Signal

Secure-messaging firm Signal was told by Amazon not to use its AWS servers for domain-fronting, a technique used to enable communications in countries such as Egypt, Oman, Qatar and UAE where the service is banned. Read More HERE…

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