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Love it or hate it, the Apple Watch, introduced last fall and fully unveiled at a press event yesterday, signals the mainstreaming of wearables specifically, but, more importantly, the Internet of Things (IoT) in general. It wasn’t just the Apple Watch that the company announced yesterday, either. They also announced ResearchKit, an open source framework for collecting data that leverages the ubiquity of iOS to collect medical research data at scale. This all comes after last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where connected... [Read More]
by RSS Jonas Tichenor  |  Mar 10, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
After having spent the past few months trying to get myself acquainted with the world of SCADA, it was time to look into the history of attacks it has been subject to. For the uninitiated, SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) is the term used for systems that are used to control physical equipment - such as in industries like power plants, oil and gas pipelines; at public facilities like metal detectors at airports; and even in private facilities e.g. to control/monitor processes like heating, ventilation, energy consumption etc. The... [Read More]
by RSS Ruchna Nigam  |  Feb 12, 2015  |  Filed in: Security Research
Following a post by F-Secure this June, bringing to light a variant of the Havex malware family targetting ICS/SCADA systems, there has been much speculation regarding the motives behind this malware campaign. That makes it only the second known malware family directly targeting SCADA equipment, after the infamous Stuxnet that reportedly set back Iran's nuclear program by 2 years. Symantec has called the attackers DragonFly while Crowdstrike refers to them as Energetic Bear in their 2013 Threat Report. Overall, there are two components of the... [Read More]
by RSS Ruchna Nigam  |  Jul 15, 2014  |  Filed in: Security Research
It is that time of year again when Fortinet's FortiGuard labs reveals their top threat predictions for the coming year. Below you will find a visual outline of our threat predictions. For the full report please see our Top 10 Threat Predictions for 2014 [Read More]
by RSS Michael Perna  |  Dec 03, 2013  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
A SCADA environment (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) is unlike a conventional IT network in that it provides interconnectedness between industrial systems such as robots, valves, thermal or chemical sensors, command and control systems and HMI (Human Machine Interface) systems, rather than desktops. These environments monitor, manage and administer critical infrastructures in various fields such as transport, nuclear, electricity, gas, water, etc. Historically, these SCADA control systems have used a dedicated set of communication protocols... [Read More]
by RSS Michael Perna  |  Sep 18, 2013  |  Filed in: Security 101