About Us | Contact Us
View Cart

New Bill Adds Industrial Control Systems to Homeland Security’s Oversight

By Vigilize | Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Leave a Comment

While already happening in practice, the new legislation would officially make it one of the agency’s priorities.

An article review.

In an acknowledgment of what is recognized as a growing threat, legislation introduced recently in the House of Representatives would officially add industrial control systems to the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity priorities.

The bill, titled “DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act of 2018,” is largely symbolic in that there is no companion bill in the US Senate–so at the moment its future is unclear. What is clear, however, is that industrial control systems are starting to be acknowledged as a pressing issue that requires attention. In fact, this bill only seeks to make official work that the DHS is already undertaking to secure control systems for the nation’s vital infrastructure.

The threat isn’t speculative either: sporadic attempts to infiltrate and probe various power control equipment have been identified in the past, most notably in 2016 as part of the Russian hacking scandal–focusing on smaller commercial operations that were believed to be more likely to have lax security in place. Because of the nature of the power grid, an attack mounted from one of these smaller facilities could still cascade through the system causing significant disruptions.

While this legislation does not give DHS additional power, and does not create anything new (the department was already at work on this issue), it is important to note how seriously these kinds of attacks are now being taken…and that being one of “the little guys” might not be a reason to breathe easier when it comes to security.

Original article by Morgan Chalfant writing for The Hill.



Latest News
    Another awareness poster for YOUR customers (and users).  Now that we have our own employees aware, maybe it’s time to start posting content for our customers! Download the large versions here: Awareness Poster (Portrait) Awareness Poster (Landscape)   You are welcome to print out and distribute this around your office.  
    Intelligence agencies from five nations contributed to the new advisory… An article review. For the first time, the cybersecurity divisions of the nations in the “Five Eyes” alliance (The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) have released a joint advisory concerning incident response. The report, available here, does not provide a complete […]
    PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BUSINESS NEWS NEW EMPLOYEE FOR INFOTEX infotex has just hired Nathan Harrell, to be a new Engagement Coordinator to assist with all communications between both current and prospective Clients. “We’re really excited to have Nate joining the team to help us keep the channels of communication open!” says Bryan […]
    A Webinar-Movie Short Back by popular demand! Our Board Awareness Training program continues with this movie, entitled Vulnerability Management for Directors, that can be presented directly to your board of directors.
    Nearly half of all companies expect a security issue due to telecommuting… An article review. A few months ago we discussed a warning from the Department of Homeland Security regarding hackers taking advantage of the business disruptions caused by COVID-19, and according to an article shared with us by our friend Wes Pollard it appears […]