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Cyber Senate 4th annual Industrial Control Cybersecurity Europe conference

Understandings the BASICS – Optimising your ICS Security Posture

As Operational Technology (OT) environments become increasingly interconnected and smarter, organizations face significant digital transformation challenges. The business demand for the raw data and information produced by OT systems is growing exponentially both from an internal and external perspective. As the demand for data increases, so has the volume of cyber-attacks specifically aimed at OT system. Cyber-attacks are becoming more advanced and have the potential to impact a number of aspects of a company’s business including safety, health and environment, production operations, information integrity, financial performance and reputation.

For a company looking to harden their OT environment, identifying where to begin can often be a confusing and difficult process. Before embarking on an OT hardening project, for example by either implementing costly technical solutions or introducing new OT specific policies and procedures, leaders need take a step back and ask themselves if they understand, or have thought about, the “BASICs” of OT.

In this session, Leidos Cyber Expert, Scott Keenan, will explain Leidos’ view of OT “BASICS” which provides organizations with the foundation necessary to build a OT hardening project.

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.”

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?