http://traffic.libsyn.com/unsolicitedresponse/2019-11_Closing_Panel.mp3 The S4 Closing Panel is always a candid discussion on where the community is in securing ICS, where we are succeeding and where need to do better. This year I was joined by Rob Lee of Dragos and...read more
Rating: ★★★★☆ Tweet Length Review: Short and effective description of a process to add intentional cyber attacks to a Process Hazards Analysis (PHA). Includes basic process engineering examples that are highly useful for readers with an IT or IT security background....read more
In this episode of the Unsolicited Response Podcast I interview Megan Samford and Rick Cherney of Rockwell Automation. http://traffic.libsyn.com/unsolicitedresponse/2019-10_Rockwell_Automation.mp3 We cover two main topics. First, we discuss how they are dealing with...read more
An Interview With Brian Proctor http://traffic.libsyn.com/unsolicitedresponse/2019-9_Forescout.mp3 Forescout's acquisition of SecurityMatters for $113M in cash was the first major exit from the OT Detection Space (or broader passive monitoring market as you will hear...read more
"Gentlemen Do Not Read Each Others' Mail" There is a famous historical event in signals intelligence and cryptanalysis where the new and early successful US efforts in these areas were shut down, as covered by this article in the Atlantic. The Cipher Bureau was...read more
In this episode, I interview Jonathan Homer, the Chief of the Industrial Control Systems Group / Hunt and Incident Response Team at DHS. http://traffic.libsyn.com/unsolicitedresponse/2019-8_DHS.mp3 We discuss: What changes will asset owners see with the creation of...read more
An Interview with Eric Byres http://traffic.libsyn.com/unsolicitedresponse/2019-7_Eric_Byres.mp3 The ICS Detection Market has achieved almost all of the funding and attention the last two years, including my analysis. Last month Bayshore Networks announced and got...read more
Hypothesis: The current ICS cyber incident detection solutions will not exist in three years. They are interim solutions, and competitors in the market need to identify and implement an endgame strategy as they continue to run very fast with the current solution. In a...read more
Consequence Based Techniques for ICS Risk Management http://traffic.libsyn.com/unsolicitedresponse/2019-6_Truth_or_Consequence.mp3 This recording is from a panel discussion on understanding and reducing the consequence side of the risk equation (risk = consequence *...read more
In a recent article a researcher proclaimed it's "not hard for a hacker to capsize a ship at sea". This was quickly followed by the Viking Sky cruise ship having its engines shut off due to a sensor reading. Episode 2019-5: Maritime Cybersecurity Not knowing much...read more
Summary: Andrew Ginter makes a plainspoken case for his view of what Secure Operations Technology (SEC-OT) means. The key point that diverges from the mainstream of ICS security thought is: Forbid firewalls as connection from ICS to IT networks – permit only...read more
I went back to the RSA Conference for the first time in over a decade. Here is my 25-minute report on the event for those considering attending or participating in the future. http://traffic.libsyn.com/unsolicitedresponse/RSA_2019-4.mp3 Includes: the...read more
What is Dragos? They have a diagram on their site that shows three business areas: Threat Intelligence Threat Operations Center (which are consulting services including incident response) Platform (their detection and response product) Dragos currently dominates...read more
I interviewed Robert Graham on the S4x19 Main Stage. Robert has an illustrious career in cyber security products including the creator of BlackIce and the first network IPS. We brought him to the S4 Stage for his contrarian views....read more
The cases being made in ICS owner / operator companies for the "best" organizational structure for ICS detection, and response, are heartfelt, well considered and often at great variance with one another. The case for Operational Technology (OT) SOC vs. Enterprise SOC...read more
This week we published the S4x19 video on three proposed revisions to the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) for ICS vulnerabilities. It's worth a watch and hopefully it will be one more trigger for ICS-CERT to earn the "ICS" in their title and add ICS...read more
This episode of the Unsolicited Response Podcast features a discussion on the S4x19 Main Stage with Brad Hegrat, Joel Langill and Dale Peterson. The question: Is the Purdue Model Dead? http://traffic.libsyn.com/unsolicitedresponse/2019-2-Final-2-Purdue.mp3 The...read more
How do you pick between 20+ ICS Detection and Asset Inventory solutions who are all claiming to be the best? The ICS Detection Challenge was designed to provide asset owner / potential customers with an unbiased technical comparison. S4x19 ICS Detection Challenge As...read more
The first Unsolicited Response episode of 2019 is a shorter solo-sode. It begins with my four major takeaways from 2018: http://traffic.libsyn.com/unsolicitedresponse/Episode_19-1.mp3 Finally figuring out the OT / IT issue Consequence based risk reduction Detection...read more
In October 2018, Digital Bond turned 20. I thought before moving on to 2019 and starting our 21st year I’d reminisce a bit and thank the many employees over the past 20 years (see the list at the end of the article). Roger Collins and I started Digital Bond with $75K...read more
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Sept 19-20 in Sochi, Russia
I'll give a keynote at the Kaspersky Industrial Cybersecurity Conference 2019. I spoke at this event in 2017, and Kaspersky is always a tremendous host. Hopefully some of my Russian followers will be there.
S4x20 ... Jan 21 - 23 in Miami South Beach
Make sure you mark your calendar for the largest and most advanced OT / ICS Security event. And you can catch up on past S4 on the S4xEvents YouTube Channel.
2019 PAST EVENTS
April 11th in Cebu
A private event where I'll discuss the future of attacks on and defense of Level 1 devices (PLC's). A lot changed in 2018, and this is just a hint as to what is coming.
March 5th in San Francisco
I moderated an event by the Basque Cybersecurity Centre to promote leading edge cybersecurity countries in the region.
February 4th in New Orleans
Best Practices in Utility Security at Distributech. (See the video) I spoke about Real Time Network and Asset Monitoring at this new event. Lot's to say after the S4x19 ICS Detection Challenge experience.