Tag Archives: cyber attacks

Hackers targeting energy subcontractors for big steals | Fuel Fix

Sloppy security policies are leaving even large energy companies vulnerable to cyberattacks routed through their subcontractors, according to a report released Wednesday by Houston-based security firm Alert Logic. While the largest companies in the energy industry have taken steps to protect themselves from intruders, they have failed to insist on the same vigilance from their […]

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Nations Had Electric WMD For Years | Business Insider

“In a world with Weapons of Mass Destruction, deterrence is key. The recent discovery “Chinese” hackers of probing America’s electrical grid serves as a reminder of a potential cyber attack that could far surpass the destructive impact of Stuxnet, which is believed to have been released by the U.S. and Israel to attack Iranian industrial […]

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White House: Executive order is not magical, cyber bill still needed | The Hills Hillicon Valley

Andy Ozment, a senior director for cybersecurity at the White House, said Wednesday that an executive order aimed at securing critical infrastructure from cyberattacks wont replace the need for comprehensive legislation. “I think its worth highlighting that an executive order is not magical. It doesnt create new power or authorities for any government agency,” Ozment […]

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Energy sector cyberattacks jumped in 2012. Were utilities prepared? | CSMonitor.com

“Energy companies were clearly in the cyber bullseye in 2012, targeted in 41 percent of the malicious software attack cases reported to a special Department of Homeland Security (DHS) team that responds to cyberattacks on industrial computer networks. The overall number of attacks remained flat at 198 incidents for the year, the same as 2011. […]

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National Strategy Could Nudge Security Information Sharing Forward | threatpost

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‘In the early days of the Obama administration, the president declared cyberspace a critical asset. Since then, little more than lip service has been paid on a policy level to the security of the country’s critical infrastructure, despite increasing public awareness of the problem and high-profile attacks on business and government alike. Congress this summer […]

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2012 NCSAM Tip #15

The electric sector’s control environments are a subset of the overall automation world. We have done like many other sectors – such as airlines, manufacturing, chemical, etc – and incorporated control systems into the business to manage the plethora of things that need to be turned on and off, monitored and/or automated to make “it” […]

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Keeping the Cybersecurity Boat Afloat

There is much wisdom to be found in classic TV shows. To continue from last week’s I Love Lucy cybersecurity analogy, let’s explore the parables of Gilligan’s Island. The plot line for this show involves a group of castaways stranded on a tropical island after their tour boat was shipwrecked in a storm. The crew and passengers left port […]

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