Through the lens of the Florida water supply hack, Dale Peterson teaches how events like these remind us to take the necessary steps to maintain our cybersecurity. Founder and chair of S4 Events, Dale has been helping security professionals effectively and efficiently manage risk to their critical assets for over 15 years.

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Tim Erlin: Welcome everyone to the Tripwire Cybersecurity Podcast. I am Tim Erlin, vice president of product management and strategy at Tripwire. Today I am joined by Dale Peterson, who is the founder and chair of S4 Events and the CEO of Digital Bond. He has been working with cybersecurity for industrial environments for many, many years.

Dale Peterson: Yeah, I stumbled into it in 2000. Actually, it did my first water SCADA assessment back then when I had no idea what SCADA was, and I’ve been learning and enjoying it since then.

What Happened in Oldsmar

TE: Recently, there was a very high-profile public disclosure of an attack on a water treatment plant in Florida. What do we know about what happened at that water treatment plant?

DP: It was a very small event that created a large ruckus because it was a small municipal water utility in Oldsmar, which is in Florida. It services about 15,000 people.

You could almost think of it as being not protected in any way. It’s almost as if you had your web server and you hadn’t patched it for vulnerabilities and were using default credentials. It was just easy pickings for anyone who wanted to get to it.

What made it unique was that someone found it, connected to it and used remote control software TeamViewer to (Read more...)