Monday, November 7, 2022

Short Takes – 11-7-22

Chemical companies set to outline cybersecurity posture, as OT and ICS threats continue to prevail. article. Lengthy and expansive look at latest ‘sprint’. Interesting take: “He also highlighted that chemical companies are part of the global corporate cabal. “Fractured responsibilities based on geographic location, managed or governed by nations and local governments, operating with different cultures under different rules and regulations, makes governance harder with global players,” Busalachi told Industrial Cyber.”

CISA Leaning Toward Lower Threshold for Mandatory Cyber Incident Reporting. article. Pull quote: ““We want to be preventative, in as much as we can be preventative in this world,” CISA Chief Strategy Officer Valerie Cofield said. “In that sense, we do need to see everything, right, or as much as we can, because we don't know when that piece that we see today will be connected to something that we see tomorrow, and then, is that going to be a growing trend?””


NASA's moon rocket returns to pad for next launch attempt. article. STS Nicole could interfere. Pull quote: “Liftoff would be in the wee hours for the next three launch opportunities. While NASA prefers a daytime launch for test flights to capture as many pictures as possible, it's not a requirement. Radar and infrared cameras should provide ample coverage, said Jim Free, a NASA associate administrator.”


Republicans sue to disqualify thousands of mail ballots in swing states. article. Legal actions could delay election results for months. Pull quote: “The suits coincide with a systematic attempt by Republicans — led by former president Donald Trump — to persuade GOP voters to cast their ballots only on Election Day. Critics argue that the overall purpose is to separate Republicans and Democrats by method of voting and then to use lawsuits to void mail ballots that are disproportionately Democratic.”


Frackers Say Oil Production Slowing in the Shale Patch. article. Pull quote: “What was expected to be a banner year for U.S. oil production has failed to materialize as creeping inflation-related costs, supply-chain snarls and disappointing well performance for some companies have coalesced to limit domestic output, executives and analysts said.”


Cybersecurity is Patient Safety - Policy Options in the Health Care Sector. policy paper. Getting lots of attention, but a long way from legislation. Pull quote: “The health care sector is vulnerable to cyberattacks for a number of reasons, including its reliance on legacy technology, a wide and highly varied attack surface (that only grows more complex from the ever-increasing number of connected devices), a high-pressure environment where even the slightest delay can have life-or-death consequences, funding constraints, and an outdated mode of thinking that views cybersecurity as a secondary or tertiary concern.”


Cyberattackers Focus in on State-of-the-Art ALMA Observatory. article. Interesting information quote: “Awareness that this academic sector is a target for cyberattackers is growing. Some telescopes have taken precautions, such as the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Indiana, which has contracted the National Science Foundation's ResearchSOC to provide cybersecurity protection.” ResearchSOC web site.

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