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Assuring the secure adoption of a new technology, assessing your software supply chain for risks, hunting for vulnerabilities in your infrastructure are all complex and challenging tasks – but ones that are critical to securing your business or government agency. Having specialized, automated tools that are seamlessly integrated using standard methods and interfaces can significantly […]

Agile risk assessment at industrial scale Operational technology (OT) systems now connect operations and maintenance equipment to information technology (IT) infrastructures. Doing so enables increased automation and real-time, data-driven decision making. Increased connectivity also amplifies risk, exposing critical infrastructure systems—and entire operations—to new opportunities for cyber attack. Traditionally, assessing system risk has been a manual […]

Early this past summer 2021 a friend of mine was asking me about Executive Order 14028 on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity and I had to admit that I had largely ignored it. Frankly, I have experienced many similar bureaucratic moves in the past when it comes to cybersecurity and none seemed to have the impact that was […]

People make decisions every day that involve risk and uncertainty. Generally, we reconcile a variety of decision models using risk criteria often provided by organizational policies and/or guided by a variety of personal belief and trust systems. Many times we are forced to address ambiguous situations in uncertain ways, using uncertain terms and with uncertainty […]

Current Security Trends Reveal Difficulties in Assuring Authenticity Recently I was thinking about some of the major security challenges and problems of 2020 and going forward into 2021 like the ongoing SolarWinds supply chain mitigation issues; election fraud; the problems around disinformation and deepfakes; false flags in cyberattacks and the difficulties in making accurate attribution; […]

A Plethora of Standards and Guidance for OT / IoT Security In my research into OT and IoT systems security, I have come across a plethora of guidance and standards from various organizations and standards bodies. To some extent, this wide range of guidance is difficult to get your arms around to figure out what […]

Recently, I was talking with my daughter, the engineer, about testing. She is the lead engineer for payload integration and test for a large NASA space telescope. Our discussion got me to thinking about cyber testing and test metrics. From her space telescope perspective, it is very expensive to conduct tests, with some tests requiring […]

Many years ago I was hosting a series of workshops on a variety of security topics. One of those topics dealt with role-based, attribute-based, and policy-based access control approaches and I was lucky to get Mr. Dave Ferraiolo as one of my presenters for the workshop. Dave has been a long-time evangelist for NIST on […]