Control Loop: The OT Cybersecurity Podcast 7.27.22
Ep 5 | 7.27.22

Demystifying the alphabet soup of OT, IT, IOT.

Show Notes

More deniable DDoS attacks strike countries friendly to Ukraine. Russian intentions and capabilities in its hybrid war. Log4j is now “endemic.” CISA’s ICS security advisories. Operational technology and the C2C market. TSA issues revised pipeline cybersecurity guidelines. Zero-trust comes to OT.

Our guest is Puesh Kumar from the Department of Energy, discussing the DOE’s efforts to secure critical infrastructure, and to secure clean energy infrastructure.

In the Learning Lab, Kimberly Graham, senior director of product management at Dragos, talks with Mark Urban about the alphabet soup of OT. 

Control Loop News Brief.

Threats to infrastructure in a hybrid war.

Ignitis Group hit by DDoS attack as Killnet continues Lithuania campaign (Tech Monitor) Ignitis services were knocked offline this weekend in a DDoS attack as Russian hackers Killnet target Ukraine's allies.

US seeking to understand Russia’s failure to project cyber power in Ukraine (Defense News) “With regard to the Russian use of cyber and our takeaways,” Anne Neuberger said, “there are any number of theories for what we saw and what, frankly, we didn’t see.”

Battling Moscow's hackers prior to invasion gave Kyiv 'full dress rehearsal' for today's cyber warfare (CyberScoop) Years of cyberattacks have helped prepare Ukraine to fight back against Russia's arsenal of digital weapons.

Log4j is now “endemic.”

DHS Review Board Deems Log4j an 'Endemic' Cyber Threat (Dark Reading) Vulnerability will remain a "significant" threat for years to come and highlighted the need for more public and private sector support for open source software ecosystem, Cyber Safety Review Board says.

DHS board: No one used software inventories to find vulnerable Log4j deployment (FedScoop) Many in government and industry want SBOMs to be the secure software development compliance standard, but the technology remains limited.

Review of the December 2021 Log4j Event (Cyber Safety Review Board) We write this report at a transformational moment for the digital ecosystem. The infrastructure on which we rely daily has become deeply interconnected through the use of shared communications, software, and hardware, making it susceptible to vulnerabilities on a global scale.

Dragos and Emerson Expand Global Agreement to Secure Industrial Infrastructure for Process Industries (Dragos) Dragos Extends ICS/OT Cybersecurity to Emerson’s DeltaV Distributed Control System to Protect Process Industries.

CISA’s ICS security advisories.

Hundreds of ICS Vulnerabilities Disclosed in First Half of 2022 (Security Week) More than 600 industrial control system (ICS) product vulnerabilities were disclosed in the first half of 2022 by the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), according to an analysis conducted by industrial asset and network monitoring company SynSaber.

Operational technology and the criminal-to-criminal market. 

Hackers are targeting industrial systems with malware (Ars Technica) An entire ecosystem of sketchy software is targeting potentially critical infrastructure.

Hackers Distributing Password Cracking Tool for PLCs and HMIs to Target Industrial Systems (The Hacker News) Hackers Distributing Password Cracking Tool for PLCs and HMIs to Infect Industrial Systems with Sality Malware

The Trojan Horse Malware & Password “Cracking” Ecosystem Targeting Industrial Operators (Dragos) Learn more about Dragos's discovery of an exploit introduced through password "cracking" software that targets industrial engineers and operators.

TSA issues revised pipeline cybersecurity guidelines. 

TSA revises and reissues cybersecurity requirements for pipeline owners and operators (Transportation Security Administration) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the revision and reissuance of its Security Directive regarding oil and natural gas pipeline cybersecurity. This revised directive will continue the effort to build cybersecurity resiliency for the nation’s critical pipelines.