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The Cyber Senate announce ICS ISAC Alliance

ICS-ISAC Chair Chris Blask noted that Cyber Senate is an example of an information sharing organization which spans key demographics. “The mission of information sharing involves many stakeholders groups across the entire global community. Cyber Senate captures key thought leaders and works to share information among them and with critical communities. We see Cyber Senate as a highly valuable organization and are pleased to support the good work they are doing.”

Fukushima nuclear plant ordered to upgrade from Windows XP

Fukushima nuclear plant ordered to upgrade from Windows XP

48,000 PCs running on out-of-date operating system
Thu Apr 23 2015, 14:25

A JAPANESE WATCHDOG has slammed the operators of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after an audit revealed that most of its PCs run on Microsoft’s Windows XP.

The plant’s owner might have been expected to ensure that systems are up to date and as secure as possible after the meltdown of three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors in March 2011. But apparently not.

Further details can be found on the news website http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2405425/fukushima-nuclear-plant-ordered-to-upgrade-from-windows-xp

Smart Roads, Traffic systems, and the threat of Smart City eco systems

Smart Traffic systems raise concerns over hacking vulnerabilities. Wireless communications infrastructure will never be %100 secure, and the advancing threats of the Internet of Things and Smart Cities continues with Smart Traffic Systems. Lighting systems, city monitoring systems (such as Smart City Barcelona are implementing) that monitor noise levels and the gathering of crowds as a defence mechanism, can also be utilised by those with ulterior motives.
The Cyber Senate has also identified key areas in Smart Roads, that incorporate technologies into roads for generating solar energy and – and more importantly the operation of autonomous cars, as well as lighting and road condition monitoring.

Vehicle Infrastructure Integration technology would link vehicles directly to their surroundings to improve safety and reliability. The vision is to create automated guidance and autopilot systems, that do not require human intervention.

In the name of efficiency, we again become dependant upon a technology with cybersecurity gaps and must remember these systems need to be built with a “security by design” perspective as the first priority.

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Further thoughts to consider:
Smart roads charge your vehicle without charging points.
Giving new meaning to the phrase “electric avenue” along stretches of Israeli streets and railways, the simple passage of cars and trains is creating electricity.

Created as possible Smart pricing, further gaps can and will be exploited
http://www.worldhighways.com/categories/traffic-focus-highway-management/features/europes-smart-road-pricing-project/

“Designed in collaboration with Heijmans Infrastructure, a Dutch multinational development company, Smart Highway aims to retrofit highways with innovative technology that can visually communicate dangerous road conditions and traffic pattern disruptions, charge electric cars on the go, and even generate energy to power its own lighting.” 

Smart lighting, traffic management systems, the entire Smart City Eco System incorporates all of the embedded communication infrastructure that is regularly being exploited in many other next generation systems utilised by such as industries as oil, gas, electricity, financial services and retail.
Let’s discuss security shall we?