Listen in: Security incidents database documents industrial cyber events

Have other companies in your industry had their control systems violated? Is that story about a nuclear plant being manipulated from the outside true? The Security Incidents Organization can help.

By Peter Welander November 18, 2009

Cyber security incidents are often the stuff of gossip, legends, and urban myths. Generally shrouded in secrecy for good reason, details of actual incidents are hard to come by. However there is one organization that is trying to pull back the curtains and let you know the truth of what has happened within the world of industrial control systems.

Hear a short interview with John Cusimano, executive director, and Eric Byres , originator of the database. They discuss how the work began and where it is today. (Give the file a moment to load.)

The Security Incidents Organization supports the Repository of Industrial Security Incidents (RISI), which the group describes as "a database of incidents of a cyber security nature that have (or could have) affected process control, industrial automation or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. The purpose of RISI is to collect, investigate, analyze, and share important industrial security incidents among member companies so they can learn from the experiences of others. RISI includes accidental cyber-related incidents, as well deliberate events such as external hacks, Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and virus/worm infiltrations that did or could have resulted in loss of control, loss of production, or a process safety incident (e.g. fire, explosion, chemical release, injuries, fatalities, etc.)."

The group only deals with industrial incidents, so you don’t have to sort through discussions of banks or hacks at the Pentagon. Membership in the organization is priced to be practical for a broad range of participants, and offers a number of useful products .

 

-Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com
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