Diodes are Diodes, Guards are Guards

Over the last 3-5 years Data Diodes have grown in popularity as a solution for moving data between isolated networks. With this has come creative marketing to leverage the term ‘Diode’ for solutions that are anything but.

Let’s just take a few moments to revise some of the fundamental modes of secure information exchange.

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UK Government Security Classification Scheme

After nearly two years of planning, the new UK Government Security Classification system comes into operation this month. This will probably be accompanied by some articles from the doomsday brigade suggesting forecasting chaos and uncertainty; there are undoubtedly rough edges, but it’s important not to lose sight of the bigger cultural change at play…

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The Need for Network Segregation in Critical Infrastructure Systems

A recent article in the NY Times claims:

The vast majority of targeted computer attacks now start with a malicious e-mail sent to a company employee. Now evidence suggests that the same technique could be used to attack watersheds, power grids, oil refineries and nuclear plants.

This cannot be allowed to happen, here I explore the issue in a little more detail.

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Data Diode Technology Can Help Solve Complex Cyber Security Issues

Due to recent security incidents, there is now a significant debate with regard to what is the best way to protect Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

Generally, the debate focuses on whether networks should be isolated via an Air-Gap, or joined by well-configured Firewall(s) but the debate often misses a third option – Data Diodes.

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1999 Conference – Risks of electronic attack on Britain’s Critical National Infrastructure

In 1999, In Britain, Margaret Beckett, then leader of the Commons, hosted a closed conference for industrialists and intelligence officials to warn about the growing risk of electronic attack on Britain’s Critical National Infrastructure.
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Economist Debate: “…a hyperconnected world is more rather than less secure.”

This is an insightful debate in the Economist, the full title being

This house believes that a hyper-connected world is more rather than less secure.

Sadly I missed the online comment period, so was not able to offer my thoughts in the debate itself.  I would have voted less secure.
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