Gas Lines, Power Companies Targeted by Cyberattacks
28 Oct 2013
One of the cyber doomsday scenarios often painted by security advocates is an attack on the U.S. energy grid. Mechanized farms would be frozen, communication and innovation gone, and the U.S. economy brought to a standstill. A coordinated cyberattack using existing technology could bring the country to its knees. After surveying more than 100 energy companies in May, Representatives Edward Markey and Henry Waxman said more than a dozen of the companies reported “daily,” “constant,” or “frequent” attempts of people trying to hack their networks. One utility reported it faced close to 10,000 attacks each month.
Fortunately leaving the fate of complicated systems designed to monitor and control critical infrastructures like power plants and oil refineries in the hands of six year olds is really not the reason why Robert M. Lee wrote “SCADA and Me“, a nontechnical picture book that continues to win raves from security experts and SCADA specialists, not to mention a recommendation from the President of Estonia. Lee, a cyber-operations officer with the U.S. Air Force who specializes in industry control systems, packaged it in a form of a story about Little Bobby being tasked to protect SCADA with the aid of another character named Matt.
The presentation at HITB Amsterdam evinced a remote attack against on-board aircraft systems that allowed partial control of the navigation capabilities of the target. In order to be able to accomplish that, many aviation specific technologies were used. Due to the specific aviation protocols used, mainly unknown to the average IT professional, every phase of the attack will now be explained in detail.
Estonia is the Hiroshima of cyber war. In April 2007, the new government decided to move a Soviet-era war memorial to a location outside the capital, Talinn. Pro-Soviet elements came out on the streets to protest. Then, the cyber attacks started. Within hours, the attackers brought down the tiny country's banks, newspapers, news agencies and all government sites. The rioters raged outside.
The port of Valencia (Spain) hosts the CYSM Project meeting
21 Oct 2013
The Foundation headquarters today Valenciaport hosts the first meeting of the Project Steering Committee CYSM: System Management Collaborative Cyber Security Physical Ports. The main purpose of the project is substantially improving the protection of critical infrastructure port considering cyber and physical nature.
More than 4000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, young people and politicians will get together in Vilnius on 6-8 November, to assist to the ICT 2013 event. The ICT2013 event will be the first opportunity to present the ICT priorities within Horizon 2020 to all stakeholders.
European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is a European Union advocacy campaign that takes place in October. ECSM aims to promote cyber security among citizens, to change their perception of cyber-threats and provide up to date security information, through education and sharing good practices. In 2013 ENISA will continue to work together with the Member States and the Commission to further develop the European Cyber-Security Month. The approach will be to widen the number of participating Member States, to ensure sufficient focus on a number of key themes and to profile the event as a joint EU campaign with global outreach.
ENISE 7: Seventh International Meeting on Information Security
14 Oct 2013
The International Information Security with the aim of bringing back to the main figures in the field of cybersecurity and create opportunities for analysis and reflection on the hottest topics of the current scene, will take place on 22 and 23 October in Leon (Spain). Among the workshops of this issue highlights one dedicated to Industrial Cybersecurity.
ISACA Madrid, in the framework of European Cyber Security Month, has prepared an event that aims to contribute to this awareness campaign to promote cyber security among citizens in order to change their perception of cyber threats and to provide updated information on this issue, as well as good practices. For this reason, the theme of the conference will focus on the proposed European Directive on the Security of Information Systems and Networks as backbone pursuing cyber security in the European Union.
The first Ibero-American Industrial Cybersecurity Congress has taken place
14 Oct 2013
The congress, held in Madrid on October 2 and 3 had also interesting activities pre and post congress such as workshops given by prominent professionals. It had almost 200 attendees from the industrial world. Speakers from different countries talked about how cybersecurity should be faced in industrial networks, the social and geographical implications of Industrial Cybersecurity, and new methods of cooperation and coordination.