Control System Cyber Security — What it Means to Grid Reliability

Tuesday, November 1, 2022  | 12:00 PM Pacific Time  |  MAE Auditorium, Bldg #255

Joseph Weiss

PE, CISM, CRISC, ISA Life Fellow, IEEE Senior Member, Managing Director ISA99 
Applied Control Solutions, LLC 


Defense and critical infrastructures including electric grids rely on industrial control systems. Control systems consist of engineering devices “owned” by engineering and Ethernet networks “owned” by network security. Networks have cyber security and cyber forensic capabilities, and network personnel have cyber security training and a cyber security ethic. The engineering devices have no cyber security or cyber forensic capabilities, and the engineers have no cyber security training nor cyber security ethic. Applying inappropriate network cyber security technologies have impacted the operation of the devices exacerbating the culture divide. There have been more than 11 million control system cyber incidents that have directly resulted in more than 34,000 deaths and many region-wide electric outages. Despite the improvement in network security technologies, sophisticated attackers can compromise IP networks as demonstrated by SolarWinds. Consequently, technology has been demonstrated that can provide an unhackable approach to control system devices that can help overcome the cultural divide while improving reliability and safety.


Joseph Weiss is an industry expert on control systems and electronic security of control systems, with more than 40 years of experience in the energy industry. Mr. Weiss spent more than 14 years at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the first 5 years managing the Nuclear Instrumentation and Diagnostics Program. He was responsible for developing many utility industry security primers and implementation guidelines.
Mr. Weiss serves as a member of numerous organizations related to control system security. He was a member of Transportation Safety Board Committee on Cyber Security for Mass Transit and a subject matter expert to the International Atomic Energy Agency on nuclear plant control system cyber security. Mr. Weiss has received numerous industry awards, including the EPRI Presidents Award (2002), and is an ISA Fellow, Managing Director of ISA Fossil Plant Standards, ISA Nuclear Plant Standards, ISA Industrial Automation and Control System Security (ISA99), a Ponemon Institute Fellow, and an IEEE Senior Member. He is a Voting Member of the TC65 TAG and a US Expert to TC65 WG10, Security for industrial process measurement and control – network and system security and IEC TC45A Nuclear Plant Cyber Security. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of California, a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).
Mr. Weiss has patents on instrumentation, control systems, and OT networks. He has published over 80 papers on instrumentation, controls, and diagnostics. He has been identified as a Smart Grid Pioneer by Smart Grid Today.

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