Author Archives: Chris Blask

Demonstrating Use Cases for Effective Threat Intelligence

Threat Intelligence has become a rising buzzword across the cybersecurity industry. Enterprises are establishing connections with external intelligence feeds, vendors have begun to add interoperability with such flows of information, and inform ation sharing organizations are multiplying. How all of … Continue reading

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Same Dance, Different Partner

The German steelworks attack is nothing new. That is the worst part of it. IT World ran a story on the attack that includes the line: “The hack sounds similar to attacks involving the Stuxnet worm.” That misses the importance of this attack, entirely. … Continue reading

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German Steelworks hacked, causing “Massive Damage to Machinery”

Robert Lee reports this week on a hack against a German industrial facility which caused significant physical damage to industrial equipment. Find the complete article here (article dated December 17, 2014). “The BSI document states that a steelworks site was directly … Continue reading

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An Avalanche is Coming

As each snowflake adds its infinitesimal weight to a stony peak, so the steady accumulation of need for situational awareness has built over the years. The pressure to establish and maintain awareness of the safety, stability and security of our expanding … Continue reading

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Flying Blind in Critical Infrastructure

[Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article was published on June 7, 2011. Thanks to Marina Krotofil for reminding us about it.] The root problem with SCADA security is that control systems have been built on the concept that … Continue reading

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ICSJWG Spring 2014: Indicators of Progress in Knowledge Sharing

The Industrial Control System Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) is a program operated by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to foster conversations among the public and private sector on the topic of infrastructure cybersecurity. This June 3-6 the ICSJWG … Continue reading

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How Shall I Air Gap Thee? Let Me Count The Ways.

In more cases every day we will find that the answer is “Zero”. Here in Florida there are little shacks all over the orange groves. Inside are diesel engines and pumps that draw water from canals and irrigate the trees. … Continue reading

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Supporting Middle Eastern Entrepreneurialism Improves Global Security

The world watches as the Arab Spring takes another turn in Egypt, and we wonder what the future holds. For many cynical observers all such news bolsters simplistic views of “things always being that way over there“. But the real world is … Continue reading

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The Proliferation of Sharing Centers: A Response to Bob Huber’s Digitalbond Post.

(Original article is found here.) Hi Bob, No need to Don the Flameproof Apparel. ;~) First, your prime premise is effectively correct: there is a proliferation of information sharing entities of all types and stripes. Your closing thought is also … Continue reading

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Securing the Internet of Everything

Due in part to the marketing efforts of vendors such as Cisco Systems and the public discourse on infrastructure cybersecurity, the fact that virtually every object in our environment is getting intelligent has been entering the common consciousness. Publications like … Continue reading

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