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A weekly podcast on the impacts of digital technologies on the oil and gas sector

Nov 16, 2022

"The network people are worried about data being stolen. The engineers are worried about a process being affected. This is where our big difference lies."

In this episode, I’m in conversation with Joe Weiss, who is the Managing Partner, of Applied Control Solutions, and Managing Director of ISA99. The ISA99 committee establishes standards and practices for defining procedures for implementing electronically secure manufacturing and control systems and security practices and assessing electronic security performance. A mouthful, but a cyber expert. We discuss the impacts that cyber problems are having on the oil and gas industry.

"[Cyber is] electronic communication between systems where people and systems that affects confidentiality, integrity, or availability. The point being nowhere in that definition, is the word malicious ever used."

"Cyber became an IT issue, which is what we’re dealing with, to this day."

Joe Weiss is an expert on control system cyber security. He has published over 80 papers on instrumentation and control systems, control system cyber security, book chapters on cyber security for electric substations, water/wastewater, data centers, and cyber policy, and authored Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats. He is an ISA Fellow, Managing Director of ISA99, a Ponemon Institute Fellow, and an IEEE Senior Member. He was featured in Richard Clarke’s book- Warning – Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes. He has patents on instrumentation, control systems, and OT networks, is a registered professional engineer and has CISM and CRISC certifications.

"Y2K. Because they knew exactly when it was going to end and what it was, there was a law that basically made all officers and directors personally liable. And because of that, a personal silos came down personally liable for what exactly? Anything that would occur from Y2K."