Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity Response to Physical Breaches - A How-To Guide
- Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST (18:00:00 UTC)
- Michael Assante
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The concept of an 'Internet of Things' begins to draw your attention and imagination to embedded systems in the field or on the plant floor. It is important that we start to think about the potential cyber implications to physical breaches. Attacking a system from the edge can be a very effective strategy, especially for certain applications. There are very real vulnerabilities for these systems that can be exploited through IP and serial connections. Physical break-ins and other unauthorized entries into unmanned critical infrastructure locations have historically been viewed only as traditional property crimes. . However, the increased use of computer networks to monitor and control unmanned facilities remotely has also increased the possibility that these traditional physical crimes could be a means or a cover for less discernible cybercrimes.
Michael Assante is currently the SANS lead for Industrial Control System (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) security and Co-founder of NexDefense an Atlanta-based ICS security company. He served as Vice President and Chief Security Officer of the North American Electric Reliability (NERC) Corporation, where he oversaw industry-wide implementation of cyber security standards across the continent. Prior to joining NERC, Mr. Assante held a number of high-level positions at Idaho National Labs and served and as Vice President and Chief Security Officer for American Electric Power. Mr. Assante's work in ICS security has been widely recognized and was selected by his peers as the winner of Information Security Magazine's security leadership award for his efforts as a strategic thinker. The RSA 2005 Conference awarded him its outstanding achievement award in the practice of security within an organization.
He has testified before the US Senate and House and was an initial member of the member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. Before his career in security served in various naval intelligence and information warfare roles, he developed and gave presentations on the latest technology and security threats to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director of the National Security Agency, and other leading government officials. In 1997, he was honored as a Naval Intelligence Officer of the Year.