The Future of the ICS Product Market

The Future of the ICS Product Market

Most of the activity in the ICS security product market has been around passive solutions that create asset inventories and detect cyber incidents. It is a bit astounding that the market and solutions will look almost completely different in two to five years than...
ICS Security Patching: Never, Next, Now

ICS Security Patching: Never, Next, Now

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...
20 Years of Digital Bond

20 Years of Digital Bond

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...
It’s Not OT v. IT

It’s Not OT v. IT

It’s How Do We Best Build OT Teams & Programs My last post, Best Raw Material for an Operations Technology (OT) Team, received many comments on LinkedIn. A lot of the discussion devolved into the old IT v. OT discussion, partially due to my flippantly...
Best Raw Material for an OT Security Team

Best Raw Material for an OT Security Team

One of the topics we tackled in a panel at the Asia ICS Cyber Security Conference last week in Singapore was how best to grow the Operations Technology (OT) Security workforce. Early in his conference introduction Dan Ehrenreich showed a diagram similar to above with...
ICS Product Categories and Composition

ICS Product Categories and Composition

Thinking Out Loud … The ICS Detection market is new and highly competitive as covered in an early article. A question as interesting as who will be the winners in this market, is what the composition and capabilities of the winning solutions will be? The diagram...
Let’s Kill (Or Correct) The Term “Cyber Hygiene” In ICS 

Let’s Kill (Or Correct) The Term “Cyber Hygiene” In ICS 

Hygiene was obviously selected by Andy and many others because it is easy to understand from its common usage, and who can possibly be against hygiene. Wash your hands before eating. Brush your teeth. Take a bath or shower. Change into clean clothes. Oh yes, we need cyber hygiene.

The easiest way to see the misuse and flaws in this term is that periodic wellness exams and vaccinations are not hygiene. Not everything a person does, and little a person has done for them, to maintain health is considered hygiene.

If we must keep the term cyber hygiene, then cyber hygiene should only include: