Coincidence? You decide! #cyber #pauto

Joe Weiss has posted over on his blog (https://www.controlglobal.com/blogs/unfettered/fertility-clinic-liquid-nitrogen-incidents-could-they-have-been-hacks/) some interesting questions about the failure of temperature controls on fertilized ovum storage at two widely separated (Cleveland and San Francisco) facilities at the same time on the same day. I … Continued

Extreme Badness from Malware and Design Flaws Impact Industry

First, there’s the Triton Exploit In 2004, Triconex safety expert Robert Adamski told me, “I’m going to share my nightmare with you.” He proceeded to talk about, not a safety issue, but a cyber security issue. He predicted that it … Continued

Is Malware the Achilles Heel of the IIoT?

Is Malware the Achilles Heel of the IIoT? By Walt Boyes (Originally published in the December 2017 Industrial Automation and Process Control INSIDER) The big appeal of the Industrial Internet of Things is the potential vast increase of meaningful information … Continued

HIMA talks SIS Cyber

HIMA, the largest independent safety instrumented system manufacturer, today released this press release: (Houston, TX, January 11, 2018) In late 2017 the ICS cybersecurity specialist Dragos announced that a safety controller (SIS) of a HIMA competitor in a process facility … Continued

December 2017 INSIDER discusses cyber-badness

The December 2017 INSIDER has been released. The cover story, “Extreme Badness from Malware and Design Flaws Impact Industry” discusses the two cyber issues impacting the ICS community that surfaced in late December: the Triton Exploit and Spectre and Meltdown. … Continued

Schneider Releases Triconex Malware Advisory

From the Schneider Electric announcement: Malware Discovered Affecting Triconex Safety Controllers V1.1 December 14, 2017 Overview ____________________________________________________________________________ Schneider Electric is aware of a directed incident affecting a single customer’s Triconex Tricon safety shutdown system. ____________________________________________________________________________ We are working closely with … Continued

Major Cyber Attack on SIS Systems–and we told you so!

The late Bob Adamski didn’t live to see his prediction from the early 2000s come true, but it has. Here are some of the reports: From FireEye, on 12/14/17: Attackers Deploy New ICS Attack Framework “TRITON” and Cause Operational Disruption to Critical … Continued

Nobody Is Doing Anything About Cyber Security

At the INSIDER we’ve been saying this for years. The adoption of even basic cyber security actions in the industrial space is very low. Many companies believe that they are “pretty safe” because they are relatively obscure. But I recall … Continued

The INSIDER for August 2017 emailed yesterday!

I’ve been fighting off a flu bug, so it was a few days later than I wanted it to be…but it is out. I will be posting some articles from it throughout the month, but if you want to read … Continued