Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and head of the U.S. Cyber Command, says that retailers aren’t the only victims. He says that energy companies — including the oil and gas industry — were targeted in 41 percent of the malicious software-attack cases reported to the Department of Homeland Security in 2012. Convergence of ICS and IP Networks Industrial Control System (ICS) cybersecurity is an important consideration to oil & gas, chemical, and energy plants across the world.
This post muses briefly that cybersecurity is as much a people problem as it is a technology problem. The research field and marketplace is flooded with both novel and useless technologies, so it is worth stepping back to ask if we are investing our time and resources appropriately. Cybersecurity problems grow in scope, magnitude, and effect as networked and mobile technologies proliferate and migrate down into every day devices. But we see the same types of human errors and misjudgments over time and across new generations of technologies.