Fifth edition of the Infraestructures and Technologies for the Smart City
09 Aug 2013
At ITN the attention will be focused on the state-of-the-art of the actual opportunities for the branch, thank also to dedicated workshops, where example of best practice will be presented, and where the key word will be the Smart ability to project, obtain and manage the information, and to use the digital infrastructures to create the future Smart Cities. The main themes of the new edition will be Cloud platform and Big Data solutions. ITN will take place the 26th and 27th of September 2013 at the Lingotto Congress Center in Torino.
White House to offer cybersecurity incentives to critical infrastructure operators
09 Aug 2013
In an effort to encourage critical infrastructure companies to adopt the measures which will be recommended by the forthcoming, NIST-developed cybersecurity framework, the White House has proposed a set of incentives to the operators of power plants, water companies, and other critical infrastructure facilities.
A notorious Chinese hacker collective has been caught breaking into a decoy US water control system. According to the MIT Review, the hacking group known as APT1 or Comment Crew, fell for a trap laid out by Kyle Wilhoit, a researcher at security firm Trend Micro. The revelation raises concerns that cyber-attacks – and cyber-espionage – has moved beyond the realm of information stealing. Now, national critical infrastructure is also under siege from hackers.
One of the main hurdles in the industry at the moment is the fact that many companies do not recognise or realise the importance of network security and how the wrong people accessing their networks can have long ranging affects, particularly in this age of greater interconnectedness. Cyber security is starting to become vital, particularly SCADA networks, which can be more vulnerable.
NIST closer to critical infrastructure cybersecurity framework
30 Jul 2013
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held in San Diego the third of four workshops to develop a comprehensive cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure as required under an executive order signed by President Obama on February 12, 2013. NIST's goal with the workshop was to solicit feedback from nearly five hundred attendees to generate content for the preliminary draft framework, which is due in early October.
Researchers to show new ways to hack oil, gas and water plants through the wireless sensors
26 Jul 2013
Cybersecurity researchers next week will demonstrate how hackers can potentially wreak havoc on critical U.S. infrastructure, even causing explosions by altering the readings on wireless sensors used by the oil and gas industry. The presentations at the Black Hat conference beginning in Las Vegas on Wednesday will show how key industries remain vulnerable to cyber attacks, in part because companies are reluctant to replace expensive equipment or install new safeguards unless ordered to do so by regulators or offered economic incentives, experts say.
The Government of Spain creates in León a team specialized in fighting cybercrime
26 Jul 2013
Interior Minister announced the official opening of the first cyberdelincuence response team specialized in critical and strategic infrastructures (CERT-IC) to be located in Leon, which aims to deal with computer emergencies. Fruit of labor between Industry and Interior departments, its mission is to assist companies and organizations operating critical infrastructures in its efforts to prevent, detect, assess and respond to potential incidents.
New exploits targeting critical infrastructure added to Metasploit
26 Jul 2013
Security researchers have released two different modules to Metasploit that have the potential to attack programmable logic controllers (PLCs), which are the components that control functions for some critical infrastructure such as refineries, large factories, water and waste water management plants, and other production facilities.
The purpose of this tool, which was developed by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), is to introduce a qualitative management aid to help organizations identify the data they need to gather to execute effective cybersecurity workforce planning. By considering implications of specific organizational characteristics around two factors– risk exposure (as a function of mission cybersecurity dependence aligned to compliance standards) and risk tolerance– organizations will gain insight into what types of data they need to better plan for and manage their cybersecurity workforce.
Interdependency planning crucial for critical infrastructure protection
19 Jul 2013
Government policy-making must factor in the interdependencies between transport, energy, water, waste and ICT networks if the UK is to have infrastructure that meets the challenges of the 21st century, according to Engineering the Future (EtF) – an alliance of leading engineering bodies. A new EtF report published this week, ‘The Infrastructure Timelines,’ looks at the short, medium and long term Government policies within each of the infrastructure sectors and identifies where achieving Government’s aims are interdependent or reliant on policies in other sectors.