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(The Hill)   Department of Energy investing $45 million in cyber technology to protect America's power grid from cyberattacks, which is just enough for a McAfee 5 year subscription after using the promo code BFDBRANDON   (thehill.com) divider line
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2022-08-18 7:32:45 AM  
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2022-08-18 7:42:10 AM  
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2022-08-18 7:42:56 AM  

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You do a little hacking (AOL for life) me too,

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2022-08-18 7:54:14 AM  
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2022-08-18 7:56:25 AM  
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2022-08-18 7:58:18 AM  
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2022-08-18 8:12:04 AM  
How much of that is going to training to tell people "Do not open emails from unkown outside sources. Do not click on hyperlinks from unknown persons. Do not open email attachments from external sources. Check the sender's actual email address instead of just looking at the name. No one from your company will ever ask for your password via email or phone, and if they do, you still don't give it to them.  Also if someone you don't know gives you a USB stick, you don't plug it to any computer. Ever. And stay the hell off porn sites on company computers"

That will solve 99% of energy company hacking problems.
 
2022-08-18 8:13:26 AM  
Headline has no relationship to the article but somebody got to make a Brandon joke. I guess that's SOP for some people. Enjoy your flaming.
 
2022-08-18 8:25:39 AM  

MythDragon: How much of that is going to training to tell people "Do not open emails from unkown outside sources. Do not click on hyperlinks from unknown persons. Do not open email attachments from external sources. Check the sender's actual email address instead of just looking at the name. No one from your company will ever ask for your password via email or phone, and if they do, you still don't give it to them.  Also if someone you don't know gives you a USB stick, you don't plug it to any computer. Ever. And stay the hell off porn sites on company computers"

That will solve 99% of energy company hacking problems.


But that link promising a dancing dog looks so cute!
 
2022-08-18 8:55:37 AM  
... Wow, that's a drop in the bucket.

I've requested $12 million just for a critically aged portion of a SCADA system where I work. And another $20 million to start getting upgrades for the other portions in place.

/I got 1/10th of the first. Now I'm triaging.
 
2022-08-18 8:56:30 AM  

MythDragon: How much of that is going to training to tell people "Do not open emails from unkown outside sources. Do not click on hyperlinks from unknown persons. Do not open email attachments from external sources. Check the sender's actual email address instead of just looking at the name. No one from your company will ever ask for your password via email or phone, and if they do, you still don't give it to them.  Also if someone you don't know gives you a USB stick, you don't plug it to any computer. Ever. And stay the hell off porn sites on company computers"

That will solve 99% of energy company hacking problems.


For $45 million the government will give $44.9 million to McKinsey to "manage" a Grainger sales person to ship one red 5 gallon bukket and a safety helmet to the IT director of the Texas power grid.
/the rest they wasted
 
2022-08-18 9:10:18 AM  
I really want to meet this Brandon fellow, people seem to really love him.  They cheer him on, thank him for a bunch of stuff, and he gets people chanting his names at rallies.

We should totally have this Brandon guy run for President.
 
2022-08-18 9:13:57 AM  

Famous Thamas: MythDragon: How much of that is going to training to tell people "Do not open emails from unkown outside sources. Do not click on hyperlinks from unknown persons. Do not open email attachments from external sources. Check the sender's actual email address instead of just looking at the name. No one from your company will ever ask for your password via email or phone, and if they do, you still don't give it to them.  Also if someone you don't know gives you a USB stick, you don't plug it to any computer. Ever. And stay the hell off porn sites on company computers"

That will solve 99% of energy company hacking problems.

But that link promising a dancing dog looks so cute!


Exactly.  Training users not to be dumbasses isn't entirely a lost cause, but there are diminishing returns. Rigidly documented process that shows the user demonstrated they knew better is extremely important so that when the inevitable happens, there's no problem created by termination with prejudice.  This won't fix the part where 89% of machines on corporate network got ransomwared overnight, but it does set an example that may sink in on the next idiot.  Also swing the pendulum back to security rough enough it prevents some from working :-P

(On a completely unrelated note... So do you know how fortune-x companies operate?  Usually in spite of themselves!)
 
2022-08-18 9:40:06 AM  

MythDragon: How much of that is going to training to tell people "Do not open emails from unkown outside sources. Do not click on hyperlinks from unknown persons. Do not open email attachments from external sources. Check the sender's actual email address instead of just looking at the name. No one from your company will ever ask for your password via email or phone, and if they do, you still don't give it to them.  Also if someone you don't know gives you a USB stick, you don't plug it to any computer. Ever. And stay the hell off porn sites on company computers"

That will solve 99% of energy company hacking problems.


I'd settle for air-gapping critical systems which they've been told to do for the last 20 years.
 
2022-08-18 9:52:34 AM  

morg: MythDragon: How much of that is going to training to tell people "Do not open emails from unkown outside sources. Do not click on hyperlinks from unknown persons. Do not open email attachments from external sources. Check the sender's actual email address instead of just looking at the name. No one from your company will ever ask for your password via email or phone, and if they do, you still don't give it to them.  Also if someone you don't know gives you a USB stick, you don't plug it to any computer. Ever. And stay the hell off porn sites on company computers"

That will solve 99% of energy company hacking problems.

I'd settle for air-gapping critical systems which they've been told to do for the last 20 years.


JFC this so much.

Everyone wants 100% access "just in case", when a phone call, verification, and plug in as necessary to push updates would massively improve security during non-patch operations.
 
2022-08-18 9:55:16 AM  
Had CISA come in and do a free assessment of our posture. Was a good exercise! Highly recommend if you're at all involved in the Energy sector.
 
2022-08-18 10:13:12 AM  

morg: MythDragon: How much of that is going to training to tell people "Do not open emails from unkown outside sources. Do not click on hyperlinks from unknown persons. Do not open email attachments from external sources. Check the sender's actual email address instead of just looking at the name. No one from your company will ever ask for your password via email or phone, and if they do, you still don't give it to them.  Also if someone you don't know gives you a USB stick, you don't plug it to any computer. Ever. And stay the hell off porn sites on company computers"

That will solve 99% of energy company hacking problems.

I'd settle for air-gapping critical systems which they've been told to do for the last 20 years.


But people can't work from home if everything is air gapped. I've been told denying people WFH flexibility is discrimination or something.
 
2022-08-18 11:16:07 AM  

MythDragon: How much of that is going to training to tell people "Do not open emails from unkown outside sources. Do not click on hyperlinks from unknown persons. Do not open email attachments from external sources. Check the sender's actual email address instead of just looking at the name. No one from your company will ever ask for your password via email or phone, and if they do, you still don't give it to them.  Also if someone you don't know gives you a USB stick, you don't plug it to any computer. Ever. And stay the hell off porn sites on company computers"

That will solve 99% of energy company hacking problems.


Half the people won't even read the memo.
 
2022-08-18 11:26:23 AM  
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2022-08-18 12:41:15 PM  

MythDragon: How much of that is going to training to tell people "Do not open emails from unkown outside sources. Do not click on hyperlinks from unknown persons. Do not open email attachments from external sources. Check the sender's actual email address instead of just looking at the name. No one from your company will ever ask for your password via email or phone, and if they do, you still don't give it to them.  Also if someone you don't know gives you a USB stick, you don't plug it to any computer. Ever. And stay the hell off porn sites on company computers"

That will solve 99% of energy company hacking problems.


I see we have the same job
 
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