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Security Firms Scramble for SCADA Talent

Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes | about 4 years ago

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Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Three months after the world first learned of the sophisticated Stuxnet worm, insiders say that there's a scramble to find and hire engineers with knowledge of both security and the industrial control systems that were Stuxnet's intended target.

Anti virus companies admit their research teams were ill prepared for Stuxnet and are still coming up to speed on the functioning of Siemens industrial control systems and programmable logic controllers that Stuxnet infected. At the same time, the companies are searching high and low for technical talent with knowledge of the kinds of systems that run power plants, factories and industrial machinery — preparing for a future in which malicious hackers increasingly put critical infrastructure and an Internet of things in the cross hairs.

"We realize we need new knowledge, but not new skills," Symantec's Liam O' Murchu said. "Its not like Stuxnet changes how AV researchers work, but new fields of expertise are needed. This is an area we're not well equipped for.""

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I wouldn't be surprised (1)

shoehornjob (1632387) | about 4 years ago | (#33855798)

If they find the author or authors of the stuxnet worm in their search for talent. It's not your average worm and you probably need quite a bit of specialized knowledge to craft something like that. Then again we all know that the CIA or NSA was behind.... knock at the door
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