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New Year New Rules for Defense Contractors

New Year New Rules for Defense Contractors

[via POLITICO.COM Morning Cybersecurity 2 JAN 2018]

DFARS cybersecurity rules take effect – The recent New Year festivities brought with them more than just mountains of confetti litter and discarded “2018” glasses. The last day of 2017 also marked the deadline for defense contractors to meet minimum cybersecurity requirements for the systems they operate for the Pentagon. A federal contracting rule gave firms until Sunday to “provide adequate security on all covered contractor information systems,” with the technical standards agency NIST publishing a list of required security measures. The new regulation is the government’s most serious attempt yet to protect military data from hackers who have breached a series of sensitive targets in recent years, including the email network of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. read more

Securing IIoT: No Easy Solutions

Securing IIoT: No Easy Solutions

An article by John Johnson on the difficulty of managing IIoT, and steps to take to improve IIoT security. (via IIoT World) https://is.gd/7bp7ST

There are lots of terms thrown around these days, such as: Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Controls Systems (ICS), Operational Technology (OT). What this means is that there are billions of interconnected consumer devices and industrial systems, not running a traditional computer operating system. This number dwarfs the number of traditional computer systems and it is predicted to grow to tens of billions of connected devices by 2020. The Industrial IoT could be defined as the subset of endpoints on our enterprise networks, which include building automation, industrial controls, sensors and embedded systems. Having spent nearly two decades in a manufacturing environment, I feel confident in saying that the number of Industrial IoT devices already outnumber traditional computer systems on our enterprise networks. read more