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Cyber Security

Books, Articles, and Interviews

  • Our Infrastructures - Online, And Vulnerable?
  • US Improperly Releases Grid Threat Details
  • Dale Peterson Talks with Joe Weiss - Download MP3
  • Digital Bond Podcast Archives - Click Here
  • “CyberWar” - PBS Video Interview
  • Cyber Security of Substation Control and Diagnostic Systems - Click Here
  • Interview with Joe Weiss, “Online degree helps cyber security specialist further career” - Click Here
  • The Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the University of Washington Information School, “Unintended Consequences of the Information Age”, March 6, 2007
  • Stanford Graduate EE Colloquium lecture on cyber security of industrial control systems, September 4, 2012Click Here
  • Articles and Papers

  • Weiss, Joe, ““Key Issues for Implementing a Prudent Control System Cyber Security Program”, ElectricEnergyonline.com, 2013
  • Weiss, Joe, others, “What You Need to Know (and Don’t) About the Aurora Vulnerability, Power, September 2013, P.52-56
  • Weiss, Joe, Swearingen, Michael, “At the Cyber Crossroads”, Transmission and Distribution World”, September 2013, P.42-45
  • Weiss, Joe, Huber, Dennis, “Nuclear Plant Industrial Control System (ICS) Cyber Security – Lessons Learned”, International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Efforts, Vienna 1-5 July 2013
  • Weiss, Joe, Brunasso, Steven, “Utilities Need Test Bed to Evaluate Legacy Industrial Control System Cyber Security Technologies”, Power Grid International, June 2013, P.34-37
  • Weiss, Joe, “Electric Industry Cyber Insecurity”, PowerGrid International, October 2012, P.37-43
  • Weiss, Joe, “Ensuring the Cyber Security of Plant Industrial Control Systems”, Power, June 2012, P.26-23
  • Weiss, Joe, “Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats, Part 3″, Control, October 2011
  • Weiss, Joe, “Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats, Part 2″, Control, August 2011, P.14-16
  • Weiss, Joe, “Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats, Part 1″, Control, June 2011, P.16-18
  • Weiss, Joe, “Stuxnet, Cyber Security Trojan Horse”, Intech Online, November/December 2010, http://www.isa.org/InTechTemplate.cfm?Section=Technical_Information_and_Communities&template=/Content
    Management/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=84318
  • Weiss, Joe, “Stuxnet- What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”, PowerGrid International, October 2010, P.28-32
  • Weiss, Joe, others, “Cybersecurity Standards for the Electric Power Industry – a “Survival Kit”, CIGRE Treatment of Information Security of Electric Power Utilities (EPUs) Working Group D2.22, 419, June 2010, P. 54-62
  • Weiss, Joe, “The Need for Interdisciplinary Programs for Cyber Security of Industrial Control Systems”, WorldComp2010
  • Weiss, Joseph, “Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats”, Electric Energy, P. 28-32, April 2010, www.rmel.org
  • Weiss, Joe, “Cyber Security is a Team Effort”, Plant Services, April 2007
  • Weiss, Joseph, “Power to Security Standards”, Intech, P. 57, December 2006
  • Katzke, Stuart, Stouffer, Keith, Abrams, Marshall, Norton, David, Weiss, Joe, “Applying NIST 800-53 to Industrial Control Systems”, ISA, October 2006
  • Weiss, Joe, “The Current Status of Control System Cyber Security”, Utility Automation T&D, July/August 2006
  • Abshier Jay and Weiss, Joe, “IT vs. Operations: Who’s Right”, Control, March 2006
  • Webb, Bob and Weiss, Joe, “Standards Coordination for Cyber Security”, Industry View Intech, P.76, December 2005
  • Abshier, Jay and Weiss, Joe, “SCADA Systems Security: What You Need to Know and How to Use Your Knowledge”, Electric Energy, P. 26-30, Issue 2, 2005
  • Weiss, Joe, “Control System Cyber Security”, Industry View Intech, P. 63, November 2004
  • Weiss, Joseph, “Power to Security Standards”, Intech, P. 57, December 2006
  • Abshier, Jay and Weiss, Joe, “Securing Control Systems: What You Need to Know”, Control, P.43-48, February, 2004
  • Weiss, Joseph, “Dispelling Cyber Attack Myths: The First Step in Securing Vulnerable Control Systems”, Utility T&D Automation and Engineering, November/December 2003
  • Weiss, Joe, “IEEE Task Force Revising Equipment Standards to Protect Against Cyber Attacks”, Electric Energy T&D, September/October 2003
  • Weiss, Joe, “Utilities Must Acknowledge Threat of Cyber Attacks to Control Systems”, Energy Business & Technology, September 2003
  • Weiss, Joseph, “Cyber Threats to Utility Industry Control Systems”, UTC Journal, July/August 2003
  • Weiss, Joseph M., “Ready for Cyber Attack on Your Control Systems?”, Platts Energy Business and Technology, July/August, 2003
  • Delson M, and Weiss, J, Chapter 17, “Cyber Security of Substation Controls and Diagnostic Systems”, Electric Power Substations Engineering, CRC Press, ISBN-0-8493-1703-7, 2003
  • Weiss, Joe, “Cyber Vulnerabilities Present New Risk Assessment Challenges to Utilities”, The Risk Desk, Volume III, Number 5
  • Weiss, Joe, “Seeking Solutions for Cyber Security”, BTS America, P.55-56
  • Fitzpatrick, Gerald, and Weiss, Joseph, “Control Systems: The Weak Link in Infrastructure Protection”, Platts Energy Business and Technology, P. 35-36, Volume 4, Number 5, September 2002
  • Weiss, Joe, “Control System Cyber Security-Maintaining the Reliability of the Critical Infrastructure”, Intech News and Views, July 2002
  • Weiss, Joe, “Information Security Affects ISA Standards”, Intech News and Views, June 2002
  • Weiss, Joe, “Information Security for T&D Automation”, Transmission & Distribution World, July 2001
  • Weiss, Joe, “The Other Needs for System Security”, Intech, June 2001
  • Weiss, Joe, “Electronic Security Technology Roadmap”, Power Engineering, November 2000

Control System Cyber Security Short Courses (in conjuction with INL and PNNL)

  • Electric Power 2004
  • IEEE PES 2004
  • ISA POWID 2004
  • Distributech 2005
  • Distributech 2006
  • IEEE T&D 2006
  • IEEE PCSC 2006
  • ISA POWID 2006
  • ISACA LA Section 2008
  • IEEE PSCE 2009

Congressional Testimony

  • Weiss, Joseph, “Securing the Modern Electric Grid from Physical and Cyber Attacks”, Statement for the Record to the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cyber-security, and Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, July 21, 2009
  • Weiss, Joseph, “Control Systems Cyber Security—The Current Status of Cyber Security of Critical Infrastructures”, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, March 19, 2009 http://commerce.senate.gov/public/_files/WeissTestimony.pdf
  • Weiss, Joseph, “The Cyber Threat to Control Systems: Stronger Regulations are Necessary to Secure the Electric Grid”, Testimony to the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cyber-security,
    and Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, October 17th, 2007 - link
    Download: Testimony Paper, Oral Report, Video (Windows Media 9 Format)
  • Weiss, Joseph, “Control Systems Cyber Security—Maintaining the Reliability of the Critical Infrastructure”, Testimony to the House Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, and the Census, U.S. House of Representatives, March 30, 2004
  • Weiss, Joseph, Testimony to the Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations, U.S. House of Representatives, “Control System Cyber Security—Maintaining the Reliability of the Critical Infrastructure”, July 24, 2002

Presentations

Energy Management Systems (EMS) Users Group Pittsburgh, PA
Northwest Power Pool Spokane, WA
ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) Conference San Antonio, TX
CAL ISO Generator Conference Folsom, CA
Rocky Mountain Electric League (RMEL) Generation/T&D Meetings Denver, CO
Edison Electric Institute (EEI)/American Gas Association (AGA) IT Conf Phoenix, AZ
Powergen 2000 Orlando, FL
IEEE Winter Power Meeting Columbus, OH
National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Security Summit Indianapolis, IN
Electric Power 2001 Baltimore, MD
ISA Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry (TAPPI) San Antonio, TX
EMS Users Group Washington, DC
Army Research Laboratory Washington, DC
IEEE Computer Society Oakland, CA
CAL ISO Generator Conference Folsom, CA
NERC/DOE Analytical Tools Meeting Washington, DC
Alstom ESCA Users Group Meeting Bellevue, WA
Open Group Security Meetings Austin, TX
High Tech Consortium Los Gatos, CA
ISA Expo 2001 Security Sessions Houston, TX
NERC/DOE Analytical Tools Meeting Livermore, CA
Energy Supply Association of Australia (ESAA) Security Workshop Sydney, Australia
IEEE Nuclear Power Conference San Diego, CA
EEI/AGA IT Conference New Orleans, LA
Open Group Real Time Security Meeting Anaheim, CA
IEEE PES Security Panel Session New York, NY
Marcus-Evans eSecurity Conference Atlanta, GA
ISA TAPPI Conference Atlanta, GA
National Strategy Meeting – Invited Speaker Washington, DC
EMS Users Group Albany, NY
International Congress on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE10) Panel Session Arlington, VA
National Defense University Lecture Washington, DC
ACS Users Group Atlanta, GA
ABB EMS Users Group Sacramento, CA
Northeast Power Coordinating Council Montreal, QC
ISA POWID Conference San Diego, CA
NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Advisory Group Salt Lake City, UT
National Center for Manufacturing Science Dearborn, MI
KEMA 1st Cyber Security Workshop Vancouver, BC
Midwest Infrastructure Security Forum Kansas City, MO
National Defense University Lecture Washington DC
Sector 5 Security Conference Washington DC
Meta Group Utility Conference Scottsdale, AZ
ISA NorCal Security Conference Mt. View, CA
ISA NorCal Security Conference Sacramento, CA
ISA Expo 2002 Security Sessions Chicago, IL
E-Security for the Electric Industry Chicago, IL
Engineering Foundation Santa Barbara, CA
IEEE Nuclear Power Symposium Norfolk, VA
EPRI Wireless Technology Conference Orlando, FL
ISA Industrial Network Security Conference Houston, TX
IEEE Nuclear Power Engineers Committee New Orleans, LA
Electric Power 2003 Houston, TX
Aegis Loss Control Conference Sacramento, CA
Electric Council of New England (ECNE) Conference Portsmouth, NH
Naval Postgraduate School Lecture Monterey, CA
KEMA 2nd Cyber Security Workshop Denver, CO
UTC Security Presentation Houston, TX
Nuclear Wireless Users Group Houston, TX
Georgia Tech Protective Relay Conf Atlanta, GA
MCAA Executive Conference Orlando, FL
NISCC SCADA Conference London, UK
EUCI Cyber Security Webinar Cupertino, CA
ISA POWID Security Presentation Williamsburg, VA
United Telecom Council (UTC) SCADA Security Conference Sun Valley, ID
Nuclear Plant Asset Management Conference Milwaukee, WI
EMS Users Group Sacramento, CA
OSISoft PI T&D Users Group Sacramento, CA
OSISoft User Forum Minneapolis, MN
ISA Expo2003 Security Sessions Houston, TX
OG Real Time Forum Washington, DC
KEMA 3rd Cyber Security Workshop Bethesda, MD
IEEE Conference Gaithersburg, MD
UCI Nuclear Power Outlook Conference Arlington, VA
Distributech-Short Course Orlando, FL
Distributech- Keynote Speech Orlando, FL
Northwest Energy and Utility Forum Portland, OR
EUCI Plant Asset Management Conference Denver, CO
UTC Canadian Conference Calgary, AB
ISA NorCal Presentation Palo Alto, CA
Electric Power 2004 Pre Conference Tutorial Baltimore, MD
Electric Power 2004 Panel Session Baltimore, MD
OSISoft PI Users Group San Francisco, CA
Western Energy Institute Las Vegas, NV
KEMA Communication & Security Conference Amsterdam, NL
CBI Security Conference Chicago, IL
National Infrastructure Security Coordination Center (NISCC) SCADA London, UK
ISA POWID Conference Colorado Springs
IEEE PES Short Course Denver, CO
Japanese Federation of Electric Utilities San Francisco, CA
KEMA 4th Cyber Security Workshop Idaho Falls, ID
CIGRE Security Workshop Paris, France
American Nuclear Society (ANS) I&C Conference Columbus, OH
AIChE NorCal Conference Oakland, CA
ISA Expo2005 Security Sessions Houston, TX
Infragard Sacramento, CA
Distributech Short Course San Diego, CA
Distributech San Diego, CA
UTC Canada Montreal, QC
Western Energy Institute Las Vegas, NV
Electric Power 2005 Chicago, IL
DOD/DHS Information Assurance Forum Arlington, VA
North American T&D (NATD) Show Toronto, ON
PCS Forum Dallas, TX
UTC Conference Long Beach, CA
ISA POWID Conference- Paper Nashville, TN
ISA POWID Conference – Short Course Nashville, TN
CSI NetSec Phoenix, AZ
IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES) Short Course San Francisco, CA
Infragard Lunch Presentation Sacramento, CA
KEMA 5th Cyber Security Workshop Albuquerque, NM
International Standards Coordination Meeting Albuquerque, NM
Autovation 2005 Panel Session Long Beach, CA
UTC SCADA Conference Presentation Albuquerque, NM
CIGRE Presentation San Antonio, TX
Southeast Reliability Council (SERC) CIP Meeting Panama City, FL
Northwest CIP Summit Portland, OR
ISA Expo 2005 Security Sessions Chicago, IL
RMEL Security Conference Presentation Aurora, CO
National Academy of Engineering Teleconference Washington, DC
Distributech Water and Electric Security Sessions Tampa, FL
Infragard San Francisco, CA
SANS SCADA Summit – Short Course Orlando, FL
IEEE NPEC San Antonio, TX
KEMA Europe Workshop Barcelona, Spain
IEEE T&D Conference - Short Course Dallas, TX
ISA POWID San Jose, CA
ISA POWID Short Course San Jose, CA
NATD Show Montreal, QE
ICONE14 Miami, FL
KEMA 6th Cyber Security Workshop Portland, OR
2006 International Standards Coordination Meeting Portland, OR
ISA Expo 2006 Security Sessions Houston, TX
Aegis Loss Prevention Workshop Henderson, NV
Autovation 2006 Nashville, TN
IEEE Power Systems Conference & Exhibition- Short Course Atlanta, GA
DHS-NSF “Beyond SCADA” Pittsburgh, PA
Annual Computer Security Applications Conference – 22 Miami, FL
Distributech 2007 San Diego, CA
RSA 2007 San Francisco, CA
University of Washington CIP Lecture Seattle, WA
PCSForum Atlanta, GA
Association of California Water Agencies Burbank, CA
CIGRE D2.22 Reading, UK

Instrumentation and Controls

Articles

  • Weiss, JM, et al, “TVA’s Kingston Unit 9 Distributed Control System (DCS) Retrofit Benefit Documentation”, Instrumentation Controls, and the Automation in the Power Industry, Volume 41, June 15-17, 1998
  • Weiss, Joe, “EPRI Launches Project to Ease Y2K problems”, Intech, October 1998
  • Ray, Anda, Schweitzer Edwin, Weiss, Joseph, “The Future of Measurement and Control”, World Business Review with Casper Weinberger, 1997
  • Weiss, Joe, et al, “Intelligent-Based Systems for Environmental Control and Process Optimization”, 89th Annual Air and Waste Management Association Conference, Nashville, TN, June 23-28, 1996
  • Weiss, JM, et al, “Advanced Thermometrics for Fossil Power Plant Process Improvement”, Sixth International Joint ISA POWID/EPRI Controls and Instrumentation Conference, Baltimore, MD, June 17-19, 1996
  • Weiss, JM, et al, “Advanced Control for Power Plant Profitability”, IFAC Symposium on Control of Power Plants and Power Systems, Cancun, Mexico, 1995
  • Weiss, J et al, “Recent Advances in Fiber Grating Sensors for Utility Industry Applications”, JMSPIE, Self Calibrated Intelligent Optical Sensors and Systems, Volume 2594, October 25-26, 1995
  • Weiss, J, et al, “High Temperature Fiber Optic Strain and Temperature Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring”, JMSPIE, Self Calibrated Intelligent Optical Sensors and Systems, Volume 2594, October 25-26, 1995
  • Weiss, Joseph, at al, “Wanted: Advanced Instrumentation to Help Utilities Clean Air”, Intech, April 1995
  • Weiss, Joseph, “Improved I&C Systems to Help Make Power Plants More Profitable”, EEI Prime Movers Committee, Washington DC, October 23-26, 1994
  • Weiss, Joseph, “Sensors-Toward the Next Generation”, Intech, September 1993
  • Weiss, Joseph, “More Accurate Sensors Needed to Reduce Uncertainty”, Power Engineering, June 1993
  • Weiss, Joseph, “Slow Oil Loss in Pressure Transmitters”, Intech, October 1992
  • Weiss, JM, et al “Experience with an Integrated Control and Monitoring System at the El Segundo Generating Station”, 5th Predictive Maintenance Conference, Knoxville, TN, September 21-23, 1992
  • Weiss Joseph, et al, “Evaluation of Advanced Pressure Sensor Technology”, Proceedings of the 2nd Annual EPRI/ISA Controls and Instrumentation Conference, Kansas City, MO, June 1992
  • Weiss, J, et al, “Predictive Controls for Fossil Generating Stations: Can it be a Reality?”, Proceedings of the American Power Conference, Volume 54-I, 1992, Chicago, IL
  • Weiss, JM, at al, “Experience with an Integrated Control and Monitoring System at the El Segundo Generating Station”, P.299-304, Proceedings of the American Power Conference, Volume 54-I, 1992, Chicago, IL
  • Weiss, J, et al, “Selection of Power Plant Control Valves for Improved Operation”, P. 305-313, Proceedings of the American Power Conference, Volume 54-I, 1992, Chicago, IL
  • Weiss, JM, et al, “Concurrent Front-End Controller Development”, Proceedings of the American Power Conference, Volume 54-I, 1992, Chicago, IL
  • Weiss, J, et al, “Sensor Health Monitoring of the Entire Sensing Loop in the Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Stations”, Specialists Meeting on Reactor Noise - SMORN VI, Gatlinburg, TN, May 19-24, 1991
  • Weiss, J, et al, “EPRI Program to Justify Response Time Testing Requirements for Pressure Sensors”, Specialists Meeting on Reactor Noise- SMORN VI, Gatlinburg, TN, May 19-24, 1991
  • Weiss, JM, et al, “Sensor Health Monitoring of the Entire Sensing Loop in the Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Stations”, Nuclear Power Plant and Facility Maintenance, Salt Lake City, UT, April 1991
  • Weiss, JM, et al, “Nuclear Plant Needs for New Process Instrumentation”, P.435-437, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, Volume 64, TANSAO 64 1-754 (1991), San Francisco, CA, November 10-14, 1991
  • Weiss, JM, et al, “EPRI Program to Justify Response Time Testing Requirements for Pressure Sensors”, Nuclear Power Plant and Facility Maintenance, Sal Lake City, UT, April 1991
  • Weiss, Joseph M, et al, “Recommendations for Effective Loose Parts Monitoring”, Nuclear Engineering and Design, Elsevier Science Publishers, NV, 1991
  • Weiss, J, et al, “EPRI Initiative for Instrumentation and Control Issues in the 1990s”, IEEE Nuclear Power Symposium, Washington DC, October 24, 1990
  • Weiss, J, at al, “Assess Fiber Optic Sensors for Key Power Plant Measurements”, Power, October 1990
  • Weiss, J et al, “Predictive Maintenance for the 90’s: EPRI Keynote”, EPRI Fourth Incipient Failure Detection Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 151-17, 1990
  • Weiss, J, et al, “Guidelines for Effective Loose Parts Monitoring”, EPRI Fourth Incipient Failure Detection Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 151-17, 1990
  • Weiss, J, “Application of Fiber Optic Sensors in Utility Applications”, ISA/89, Philadelphia, PA, October 22-27, 1989
  • Weiss, J, et al, “ATWS Considerations relative to the Boiling Water Reactor”, American Nuclear Society, November 1979

Patents

  • Steam Turbine Fuzzy Logic Cycling Control Method (5517424)
  • Fiber Optic Strain/Temperature Measurement System (5594819)

Awards

  • ISA Excellence in Documentation Award 2004
  • EPRI Presidents Award, 2002
  • EPRI Chauncey Award Winner, 1999
  • Controls Magazine, 1997 Power Industry Engineer of the Year
  • Fellow, ISA
  • ISA Power Industry Division Achievement Award, 1992
  • EPRI Performance Recognition Award, 2000
  • EPRI Performance Recognition Award, 1999
  • EPRI Performance Recognition Award, 1998
  • EPRI Performance Recognition Award, 1997
  • EPRI Performance Recognition Award, 1996
  • EPRI Performance Recognition Award, 1993
  • EPRI Performance Recognition Award, 1992
  • EPRI Exploratory Research Performance Award, 1991
  • EPRI Performance Recognition Award, 1990
  • General Electric Cost Improvement Award, 1980
  • General Electric General Manager’s Award, 1976

Industry Participation

  • Managing Director ISA S67 Nuclear Plant Standards
  • Member ISA S99, Process Controls Security
  • Member ISA S99.05 Leadership Committee
  • Member ISA S100 Industrial Wireless
  • Member, ISA Standards and Practices Board
  • Member, ISA Engineering, Science, and Technology Policy Committee
  • Member CIGRE WG D2.22, Treatment of Information Security for Electric Power Utilities
  • Member various IEEE Power Engineering Society Committees
  • Member IEC TC57 WG15
  • Member NERC Control Systems Cyber Security Working Group
  • Member NIST Smart Grid Security Working Group
  • Member NIST Industry-to-Grid Smart Grid Working Group
  • Program Director, EPRI/National Science Foundation Advanced Sensors Initiative
  • Member, EPRI/National Science Foundation Intelligent Controls Initiative
  • Member, American Forest & Paper Association Agenda 2020 Sensors and Controls Task Group
  • Session Co-chair, American Power Conference, Advanced Instrumentation, 1996
  • Session Chair, SPIE, 1995
  • Member, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee
  • Session Chair, IFAC Conference, 1995
  • Chairman, ISA Subcommittee on Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS)
  • General Co-Chairman, ISA/EPRI Power Industry Conference, 1994
  • Technical Co-Chairman, ISA/EPRI Power Industry Conference 1992