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4 Business Advantages of Efficient Asset Inventory for ICS

by Erin Anderson

Keeping an accurate and up-to-date asset inventory list is a vital first step in any comprehensive cybersecurity program. You can’t protect what you can’t see, but unfortunately, lack of visibility into ICS assets is a common theme across industries worldwide. A 2017 survey by the SANS Institute found that 40% of ICS security practitioners “lack visibility or sufficient supporting intelligence into their ICS network”. To make informed decisions about how to prioritize spending and create security plans to safeguard its employees, reputation, and bottom line, an organization needs complete knowledge of its assets and their vulnerabilities.

Anecdotes from an ICS Engineer: The Hidden Challenges and Costs of IP Address Management

by Rob Hulsebos

IP address management may seem like a trivial routine task, but it hides numerous challenges and is extremely error prone. Having unique IP addresses for all devices on a network is fundamental for the correct operation of almost all network protocols. If an incorrect or the same IP address is assigned to multiple devices on a network, it is no longer possible to guarantee their correct functioning and response, leading to faults in the network and process. A report by Incognito Software, quoting some research carried out by Forrester and Enterprise Strategy Group, indicates that, on average, 15% of downtime in enterprise is caused by networking problems and that manual IP address management causes 80% of overhead to network professionals.

Top 4 Activities for ICS Professionals at the IEEE T&D Conference & Expo 2018

by Erin Anderson

This week, the 2018 IEEE PES T&D Conference and Expo begins in Denver, bringing together thousands of the world’s brightest engineers seeking out the latest ideas and innovations to move the energy industry forward. There are hundreds of sessions, demonstrations and tours offered to attendees, but here are our top picks for ICS professionals at the show:

“Light's Out!” SecurityMatters’ Hacking Challenge at the SANS ICS Summit

by Harry Thomas

“Overall I think that the CTF put on by SecurityMatters was one of only two CTFs that I have ever participated in that were designed to teach participants rather than test them. For this I am eternally grateful to the architect of the CTF, @InfoSecHoudini, because the little time I had to compete in that CTF taught me far more than I was ever expecting. The SecurityMatters CTF has left me with a longing and need to find another just like it so I can continue to learn and better my understanding of the massive world of ICS CyberSecurity.”
-@AWildBeard, winner

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