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Tenable Network Security Podcast Episode 42

Welcome to the Tenable Network Security Podcast - Episode 42

You may even find an answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything in this very episode!

Hosts: Paul Asadoorian, Product Evangelist

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Interview - Jeremy Brown

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Jeremy Brown is a research engineer for Tenable Network security. He is giving a presentation at the upcoming Defcon 18 conference "Exploiting SCADA Systems":

"SCADA systems are just as vulnerable to attack today than they were ten years ago. The lack of security awareness by SCADA software vendors, combined with the rush of hacking these systems, make them very attractive to hackers today. The focus of this presentation will be showing the disconnect between SCADA software and secure programming. There will be a live demonstration of Sploitware, a framework dedicated to vulnerability analysis of SCADA systems. This framework could be thought of as a proof of concept, although you will see it is more than mature enough to prove the point."

Interview questions and topics were as follows:

  • For our listeners, describe SCADA systems, what they do and what they control
  • What are the different components of SCADA systems? (Supervision, PCL, HMI, etc...)
  • What types of vulnerabilities could exist in SCADA systems? What impact could they have?
  • What is the best way to detect vulnerabilities in SCADA systems, since many of them (hardware or software) are only sold to certain organizations?
  • Have there been any known attacks against SCADA systems that have impacted operations of a facility? (http://www.scadasecurity.org/index.php/Incidents)
  • What is "Sploitware" and how does it aid in the detection of vulnerabilities specific to SCADA systems?

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