The Internet, as well as other telecommunication networks and information systems, have become an integrated part of our daily lives, and our dependency upon their underlying infrastructure is ever-increasing. Unfortunately, as our dependency has grown, so have hostile attacks on the cyber infrastructure by network predators. The lack of security as a core element in the initial design of these information systems has made common desktop software, infrastructure services, and information networks increasingly vulnerable to continuous and innovative breakers of security. Worms, viruses, and spam are examples of attacks that cost the global economy billions of dollars in lost productivity. Sophisticated distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that use thousands of web robots (bots) on the Internet and telecommunications networks are on the rise. The ramifications of these attacks are clear: the potential for a devastating largescale network failure, service interruption, or the total unavailability of service. Yet many security programs are based solely on reactive measures, such as the patching of software or the detection of attacks that have already occurred, instead of proactive measures that prevent attacks in the first place. Most of the network security configurations are performed manually and require experts to monitor, tune security devices, and recover from attacks. On the other hand, attacks are getting more sophisticated and highly automated, which gives the attackers an advantage in this technology race. A key contribution of this book is that it provides an integrated view and a comprehensive framework of the various issues relating to cyber infrastructure protection. It covers not only strategy and policy issues, but it also covers social, legal, and technical aspects of cyber security as well. We strongly recommend this book for policymakers and researchers so that they may stay abreast of the latest research and develop a greater understanding of cyber security issues.
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Even though the main argument is that more times than not, the government and its various departments, are "out to get" the citizenry – are outlandish to say the least and the motto, creed, and vision that these men and women live by means absolutely nothing to them or their families; which is, against common sense and the profession that has become a second human nature in the first place. One starts out on the path to development or, what a Renaissance man/woman would call “becoming,” from an infancy and matures; this is what truly needs to be realized instead of sparse new reports that drive fear instead of the attitudes of those working to change our world for the better. It is the opinion of this report that it is the Intelligence Community's (IC) position, aspiration, and life's work to be effective in detouring, preventing, and eliminating these threats to our way of life. because of the following types of threats to our cybersecurity are clear and present and are vulnerabilities that are and will be continually addressed by the (IC) for now and all time:
Intellectual Property theft
Corporate and Nation State threats
and I will present examples of such threats to make one aware that speculation and cooperation are two aspects that need to be addressed when expecting problems of this nature; and, to be addressed by those who address them for a living; and, who care immensely for what they do and those they serve. We use a Linear equation of Vector Addition to represent what your risks are to cyber threats and hacks and present examples of some executive dangers inherent in our Information based business world.
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There have been distinct turning point moments in human history, such as when “germ theory” explained how to control many diseases, or how cholesterol levels helped to predict heart disease. The list goes on. All of these moments have one thing in common: the risk of radiation, germs, and cholesterol cannot be seen or felt. They are difficult to understand from a visceral standpoint. Businesses today are at a new turning point. Cybersecurity issues are making headlines around the world, impacting company reputations for years (such as Sony), changing the value and direction of businesses (Yahoo), and possibly influencing elections around the world.
A SCADA system gathers information, such as where a leak on a pipeline has occurred, transfers the information back to a central site, alerting the home station that the leak has occurred, carrying out necessary analysis and control, such as determining if the leak is critical, and displaying the information in a logical and organized fashion. SCADA systems can be relatively simple, such as one that monitors environmental conditions of a small office building, or incredibly complex, such as a system that monitors all the activity in a nuclear power plant or the activity of a municipal water system.
An engineer's introduction to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and their application in monitoring and controlling equipment and industrial plant.
Essential reading for data acquisition and control professionals in plant engineering, manufacturing, telecommunications, water and waste control, energy, oil and gas refining and transportation.
Provides the knowledge to analyse, specify and debug SCADA systems, covering the fundamentals of hardware, software and the communications systems that connect SCADA operator stations
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Too often discussions of management practice focus exclusively on managing people and organizational issues. Rarely, however, do they incorporate a discussion about technology or address all three dimensions in a balanced way. When they do, the result is game changing. In our hypercompetitive environment, those managers who are outstanding at being plugged into their people, technology, and organizational processes simultaneously excel at coming up with effective business solutions. Continue reading “The Plugged-In Manager: Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive”