How Do We Solve The OT Cybersecurity Staffing Challenges?

How Do We Solve The OT Cybersecurity Staffing Challenges?

Three answers. 1. Women Women represent 51% of the population and 57% of the college graduates in the US. They comprise less than 10% of the OT Security workforce.  Solving the problem could be as simple as adding women to the OT Security workforce until they...
Recommended Security Controls For Level 0 and Level 1

Recommended Security Controls For Level 0 and Level 1

Part 1: Awareness of Purdue Level 0 and 1 (In)Security Part 2: Properly Prioritizing Level 0 and Level 1 Security In this third and final article in my Level 0 / Level 1 security series the focus is on the appropriate security controls. Sensors and Sensor Data The...
Properly Prioritizing Level 0 and Level 1 Security

Properly Prioritizing Level 0 and Level 1 Security

We have resolved the issue on whether the ICS security community knows that almost all Purdue Reference Model Level 0 and Level 1 devices, and the protocols that communicate with them, lack authentication. They know this. The next question is what to do about it from...
Awareness Of Purdue Level 0 and 1 (In)Security

Awareness Of Purdue Level 0 and 1 (In)Security

Solving a problem typically begins with awareness that there is a problem. Back at S4x12 a group of researchers under the Project Basecamp banner demonstrated that most PLC’s (Purdue Level 1 devices) were both insecure by design and ridden with exploitable bugs,...
Legacy System Problem Keeps Growing

Legacy System Problem Keeps Growing

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. Will Rogers The large amount of insecure legacy ICS and long ICS lifetimes mean we will need to live with this security risk for years / decades. We can argue about how long it should take to replace the deployed...
Maturing Past Maturity-Based To Risk-Based

Maturing Past Maturity-Based To Risk-Based

I recently stumbled upon a McKinsey article from October 2019 that more elegantly, in McKinsey speak, made the argument against “cyber hygiene” than I do. Over the past three years I’ve seen many asset owners go through the same process: Board or...
ICS Security Company Valuation and Value Investing

ICS Security Company Valuation and Value Investing

Frank, non-flattering admission … I am terrible at determining how much an ICS security company is worth, it’s valuation. While I believe that I can analyze the market, identify the product and service trends, evaluate company strategies, and identify the...

Women In ICS Security

Kelly Jackson Higgins of Dark Reading joins Dale Peterson to co-host this episode of the Unsolicited Response Show. The topic is Women In ICS Security, and all the guests are Women In ICS Security: – Kristin Demoranville – MJ Emanuel – Najo Ifield...
My Recollection of the F**g Salmon Dinner

My Recollection of the F**g Salmon Dinner

Chapter 2 of Nicole Perlroth’s book This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends is all about S4x13 and particularly about a dinner I hosted that she called The F**king Salmon dinner. We were all in Miami to attend the same bizarre conference – an annual...
Consequence and INL’s CCE

Consequence and INL’s CCE

The long awaited detail of INL’s Consequence-driven, Cyber-informed Engineering (CCE) methodology is now available in the Andy Bochman / Sarah Freemen book Countering Cyber Sabotage. I had the opportunity to interview the authors for an hour in this week’s...