via Zack Whittaker timely reportage for ZDNet's Zero Day group, his work provides insight to the tangled-web-we-weave in the ICS/SCADA world. This time - the ramifications of a particularly-pesky security flaw in a Schneider product (amongst thousands of other known bugs in hundreds of other software packages coupled with poor software management practices in the industrial control systems sector combine to make a very poor nap at the control boards, indeed. Just ask Homer! Today's Critical Must Read Choice.
"It's the latest vulnerability that risks an attack to the core of any major plant's operations at a time when these systems have become a greater target in recent years. The report follows a recent warning, issued by the FBI and Homeland Security, from Russian hackers. The affected Schneider software, InduSoft Web Studio and InTouch Machine Edition, acts as middleware between industrial devices and their human operators. It's used to automate the various moving parts of a power plant or manufacturing unit, by keeping tabs on data collection sensors and control systems. " - via Zack Whittaker writing for ZDNet's Zero Day
In a tour de force post on the Unfettered blog, highly respected Industrial Control Systems Information Security Professional Joe Weiss targets systemic problems in the ICS arena. One of those problems is apparently the correct identification and reporting of security incidents in the ICS realm. If you read anything today on ICS / SCADA information and Network Security, read Joes' blog post - it's simply that important.
Superb rebuttal co-authored by Robert M. Lee, CAPT USAF (see Captain Lee's personal rebuttal of the NORSE and AEI document here), Michael J. Assante Co-Founder and Chief Security Strategist, NexDefense, Inc., and Tim Conway, ICS and SCADA Technical Training Director at SANS targeting the report entitled "The Growing Cyberthreat from Iran: The Initial Report of Project Pistaschio Harvest" produced by Norse and the American Enterprise Institute. Read it and Weep.
Meanwhile, in astounding-security-attack-numbers-per-diem news, comes a remarkable litany of the resilience within the State of Israel's power grid, from Israel Electric Corporation Chairman Yiftah Ron-Ta. He describes the nearly one million attacks the utility fended off daily basis during the Summer 2014's Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Operation Protective Edge.