April 26 - April 30, 2021

In February, a water treatment plant in Florida was hacked, resulting in changes made to the level of sodium hydroxide from 100 parts per million to 11,000 per million. Touted as a “wake-up” call for infrastructure security, do you think other industries should be taking additional precautions as well?


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Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Infrastructure; Latin America; North America; Risk management; Security; Z-Continents

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (4/26/2021, 10:55 AM)

It's great for the bottom line to be able to have one operator and a little AI run all the plants within X number of miles remotely...until either a) something goes wrong and you need someone to physically do something at a plant or b) someone shuts out the remote operator and takes over. If you consider it "essential infrastructure" then you need to invest in some "essential people" to keep it safeguarded and operating properly. It might not be a computer with nuclear weapons a la "War Games" (if anyone remembers that old movie), but the same concept applies...only thing is, these days it's not a kid look for video games, it's professional hackers, foreign countries and terrorists.


Comment from William Cornelius, (4/27/2021, 8:15 AM)

If hackers were stuck with Novation CAT 300 baud model acoustic couplers like the movie it would slow them down a bit. (Yes, I looked it up.)


Comment from Michael Halliwell, (4/27/2021, 6:20 PM)

That it would, William :) These days, besides not need to auto-dial the whole area code to find the modem to connect to, there's a lot more power that can be brought to bear on an internet hack. Sometimes having the guy there to pull the plug or manually turn a valve is a good thing.


Comment from James Armstrong, (4/29/2021, 7:18 AM)

To qoute my grandfather- "Locks are for honest people ".


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