Category Archives: Chair’s Corner

Articles by ICS-ISAC Chair 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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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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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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Knowing Too Much

It has been said that Isaac Newton was the last person to know everything. For three centuries we have lived in a world where not even the most dedicate lifelong student is capable of consuming all available knowledge. We left … Continue reading

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Enough to Know

As we consider the construction of national and global situational awareness systems to secure our manifestly complex infrastructure we run into a range of hurdles. Several of the more critical hurdles relate to the scope of the datasets needed. How … Continue reading

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A Dearth of Public Data

On the topic of infrastructure cybersecurity it has long been a primary point of public discourse that the US federal government needs to find ways to share more information with the private sector. The basis of this argument is that … Continue reading

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Hammer Time… Forging the ICS-ISAC Situational Awareness Reference Architecture (SARA)

There are times for finesse and then there are times for blunt force. Determining which is which is often the defining characteristic of success in any endeavor. The ongoing efforts to address the cybersecurity risks and threats to industrial systems … Continue reading

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Building Trust Among Cyber Tribes

Enabling Yemen to Flourish in the International Community Though Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Workforce Development By: Chris Blask and David Alley Sixty thousand years ago, a small group crossed the shallow Red Sea at the Bab Al-Mandeb and began the human … Continue reading

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