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Co-Founder and Lead Software Engineer, Reliable Energy Analytics LLC

Dick Brooks is the inventor of patent 11,374,961: METHODS FOR VERIFICATION OF SOFTWARE OBJECT AUTHENTICITY AND INTEGRITY and the Software Assurance Guardian™ (SAG ™) Point Man™ (SAG-PM™) software...

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  • May 8, 2021

I'm confident that many people on Energy Central won't be surprised by this report of another successful cyber-crime in the Energy industry. There has been considerable discussion within the EC community for years about the real risks that exist in the weak cybersecurity protection guidelines endorsed by the energy industry. We should expect more of these type of news stories, until someone gets serious and informs the energy industry  - this isn't about compliance - it's about the need for real security measures to protect the national infrastructure. Maybe the forthcoming executive order will prompt a complete blood transfusion to motivate the industry away from this "compliance mindset" toward a "lets do our job to protect the national infrastructure" mindset.  One can hope.

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Matt Chester on May 10, 2021

Big story over the weekend, and it really highlights a few major underlying issues that have been standing in front of us for sometime: not only are the systems being used embarrassingly unsecured and vulnerable, but operationally having a single pipeline be the single source for these fuels for such a large part of the country is the opposite of resilience. We were already looking at threatened fuel supplies in the summer months, I'm sure this is only going to add anxiety fuel to that fire..

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