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Attention Members’ IT Staff: Certain Gateway Vulnerabilities Found

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) is aware of several vulnerabilities affecting Kunbus PR100088 Modbus industrial gateways running software versions prior to Release R02 (1.1.13166). These vulnerabilities could allow attackers to gain full control of vulnerable devices, create a denial-of-service condition, and/or perform other actions.

NCCIC has published ICS Advisory ICSA-19-036-05: Kunbus PR100088 Modbus Gateway (TLP:WHITE). To read the advisory, go to  https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/advisories/ICSA-19-036-05 

For questions about physical security, cybersecurity, emergency planning, training or exercise development or facilitation, contact Russell Saffell, IAMU Director of Member Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, at rsaffell@iamu.org or by phone at (515) 289-1999.

For more resources related to security and preparedness, visit www.iamu.org/security.

Tags:  Cyber Security  Kunbus  Modbus  NCCIC 

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How Prepared is Your Utility for Security Threats & Emergencies?

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, October 2, 2018

 

There is still time to register for the IAMU Energy Pre-Conference Workshop that focuses on preparing for and guarding against a physical or cyber security threat or natural disaster. IAMU is bringing in leading experts in physical and cybersecurity and emergency preparedness to share their knowledge and help members as they develop or revise their security and emergency plans, processes, and procedures.

How Prepared is Your Utility for Security Threats & Emergencies?
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1 – 5 p.m.
Prairie Meadows
Altoona, Iowa

For more information or to register for the pre-conference workshop, click here.

You may also contact Russ Saffell, IAMU Director of Member Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, at rsaffell@iamu.org.

Tags:  Cyber Security  Energy Conference  IAMU Events  Prairie Meadows  PreConference 

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Check Out the EarthEx 2018 Exercises to Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The second annual Emergency All-sector Response Transnational Hazard Exercise – is one of the largest cross-sector critical lifeline sector exercises in history. The event takes place today, Aug. 22. You do not have to participate today. The event will be open for 30 days, and you can log on at any time to go through the exercises.

The industry exercise takes about four hours, and the individual/family exercise takes about 40 minutes.

Industry Exercise
EARTH EX 2018 will provide you the opportunity to exercise your plans and policies in response to true Black Sky hazards that threaten our modern society in a direct and complex manner. Take the opportunity to learn, share information and improve your plans to become more resilient.

Individual/Family Exercise
EARTH EX 2018 will provide individuals and families with the opportunity to participate in a 30-0minute personal planning exercise designed to teach those in the community how to better prepare for extreme hazards.

To register, go to: https://www.eiscouncil.org/EarthEx.aspx

Tags:  Cyber Security  Earth Ex  EarthEx  Security 

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Recognize the Signs of Terrorism-Related Suspicious Activity

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Terrorists are quite sneaky in their efforts to gain access to and attack our critical infrastructure, including utilities. Learn to recognize the signs of suspicious activity so that you can report it to the proper authorities. For more, check out these tips sheets:

Tags:  Cyber Security  DHS  Security 

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Electric Members: Make Plans to Participate in Onine DHS Russian Government Cyber Activity Briefings

Posted By IAMU, Monday, July 30, 2018

The American Public Power Association (APPA) wanted to make municipal electric utilities aware of an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal last week entitled “Russia Hacks Its Way Into U.S. Utilities” and provide you with basic information in case you receive any inquiries.

This story, which may be the first in a series, was prompted by a briefing by DHS a week ago providing more details on an issue that was first raised in 2017, when our federal government partners informed grid operators of a threat to the energy and manufacturing sectors. This incident did NOT have any operational impacts. The APPA continues to work across the sector and with our government partners to protect the grid from this threat as well as other cyber and physical threats.

In March 2018 when the U.S. government announced sanctions against Russian cyber actors, the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) provided detailed indicators of compromise to ensure electric utilities are prepared to protect their networks. Information sharing is a critical component of the strong industry/government partnership that exists through the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, and vital to protecting the grid.

The APPA and the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities encourage electric members to consider having someone from your utility participate in on one of the upcoming DHS Russian government cyber activity briefings detailed here:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ccubedvp/events.

Any questions may be directed to Russell Saffell, Director of Member Security & Critical Infrastructure Protection – rsaffell@iamu.org, 515.289.1999 (office) or 515.988.8686 (cell).

Tags:  APPA  Cyber Security  E-ISAC  Electric 

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