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.”
The Cyber Senate are pleased to announce Mr Marty Edwards, Director ICS CERT, Department of Homeland Security will be joining us as the Key Note speaker on October 13th and 14th in Sacramento California for the 2nd annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA conference.
Assistant Deputy Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) Director, Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) Department of Homeland Security Marty Edwards is the Director of the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), an operational division of the department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and the DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) ICS-CERT works to reduce industrial control system risks within and across all critical infrastructure and key resource sectors by coordinating efforts among federal, state, local and tribal governments, as well as industrial control systems owners, operators and vendors. In collaboration with the other NCCIC components the ICS-CERT responds to and analyzes control systems related incidents, conducts vulnerability and malware analysis, and shares and coordinates vulnerability information and threat analysis through products and alerts.
Mr. Edwards has over 20 years of experience and brings a strong industrial control system industry focus to DHS. Before coming to the ICS-CERT, Mr. Edwards was a program manager focused on control systems security work at Idaho National Laboratory. Prior to his work at the laboratory, Mr. Edwards held a wide variety of roles in the instrumentation and automation fields, including field service, instrument engineering, control systems engineering and project management. Mr. Edwards has also held various positions in nonprofit organizations, including Chairman of the Board for one of the automation communities’ largest user group conferences. Mr. Edwards holds a diploma of technology in Process Control and Industrial Automation (Magna cum Laude) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
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
“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.
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