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Control System Red Teams -- an Interview with Ray Parks from Sandia National Labs (SNL)

Control System Red Teams -- an Interview with Ray Parks from Sandia National Labs (SNL)


On this episode of the Imperva Security Podcast Ray Parks is interviewed. Ray discusses various red teams:
  • Behavioral
  • Operational (Military Services, NSA)
  • Analytical
  • Research Gaining and Hypothesis Testing
In particular, he focuses on red teams that evaluate the security for control system environments such as nuclear power plants. Ray also shares his perspectives on regulations like NERC and their place in improving the overall security of critical infrastructure environments.

Ray touches on bringing together government, industry, academia and others to analyze control system environments from a joint perspective. In fact, Brian Contos and Ray first met during such an effort called Project LOGIIC (Linking the Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cyber Security) which Ray discusses during the interview.

Mr. Raymond C. Parks is a program manager of Sandia's Information Design Assurance Red Team (IDART), a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Assurance Technology and Assessments Department at Sandia National Laboratories, and project lead for several control systems security projects. He has led twelve red teams through assessments, and has been team member of over three-dozen other red teams. Currently, he is leading a red team assessment of a financial critical infrastructure element. Recently, he led a team that performed a North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) cyber vulnerability assessment of a major Midwest utility. Mr. Parks is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a B. S. in Engineering and an Eagle Scout.

Tags: Ray Parks, Red Team, Sandia National Labs, Control Systems, NERC

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Interview with Dr. Ulf Lindqvist, Program Director in the Computer Science Laboratory at Stanford Research Institute - SRI International

Interview with Dr. Ulf Lindqvist, Program Director in the Computer Science Laboratory at Stanford Research Institute - SRI International


On this episode of the Imperva Security Podcast Dr. Ulf Lindqvist is interviewed. Ulf talks about the DATES project, NERC, and cyber security within the electric industry. He shares valuable insight from his years of working with research organization, government agencies, academics, vendors, and the electric industry on enhancing cyber security.

Dr. Ulf Lindqvist is a Program Director in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International. He manages research and development programs in infrastructure security for government and commercial clients. Dr. Lindqvist currently leads SRI's support for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Security Research and Development Center. Dr. Lindqvist and his group address cyber security challenges for critical infrastructures such as energy, communications, and financial systems. His expertise includes development of efficient and generic methods for analysis, modeling, categorization, and automatic real-time detection and correlation of computer misuse. He has more than twenty publications in the computer security area, many of which are bridging the gap between theoretical and applied research, and he holds one patent. Dr. Lindqvist is a member of the Executive Committee and former Vice Chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), a consortium of leading national cyber security institutions, including academic research centers, government laboratories and non-profit organizations. Dr. Lindqvist holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering and an M.S. in computer science and engineering, both from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Tags: Ulf Lindqvist, NERC, SCADA, Control Systems

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Interview with Joseph Weiss, Industry Expert on Control Systems and Electronic Security

Interview with Joseph Weiss, Industry Expert on Control Systems and Electronic Security


On this episode of the Imperva Security Podcast Joseph Weiss is interviewed. Joe talks about cyber security within industrial control system environments, SCADA, and NERC. He shares a number of perspectives based upon his decades of experience, and some fascinating examples of how incidents related to cyber assets, have negatively impacted SCADA systems, destroyed multi-million dollar assets, and even resulted in injuries and death.

Joseph Weiss is an industry expert on control systems and electronic security of control systems, with more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry. Mr. Weiss spent more than 14 years at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). As Technical Manager, Enterprise Infrastructure Security (EIS) Program, he provided technical and outreach leadership for the energy industry's critical infrastructure protection (CIP) program. Mr. Weiss serves as a member of numerous organizations related to control system security. This includes the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Control Systems Security Working Group (CSSWG). He has published over 60 papers on instrumentation, controls, and diagnostics, and he has two patents on instrumentation and control systems.

Tags: Joseph Weiss, NERC, SCADA, Control Systems

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