Cyber-Kinetic Security Book

Cyber-Kinetic Security

Update January 26, 2021:

The book describes over 40 real-life non-public cyber-kinetic incidents that led to fatalities and/or injuries.

After several years of legal negotiations to obtain approvals to publicly discuss those incidents (anonymized), in a decision that was not surprising, but nevertheless disappointing, we failed to reach an agreement.

I guess I’m off to rewrite the book.

Embedding cybersecurity into the physical world

We live in a world in which the way we observe and control it is radically changing. Increasingly, we interact with physical objects through the filter of what computational systems embedded in them tell us, and we adjust them based on what those systems relate. This new and rapidly growing interconnectedness of cyber and physical realms offers us capabilities that exponentially exceed the expectations of science fiction writers and futurists of past generations. But it also introduces disquieting possibilities. Those possibilities reach beyond cyberspace to threaten the physical world in which we live and – potentially – our own physical well-being.

To understand those threats, this book will take a deeper look at the cyber-enabled physical world in which we live. The book will assess the vulnerabilities that cyber-connectedness opens and how it forces us to rethink our current approaches to cybersecurity. It will explore how those vulnerabilities can be – and, in some cases, already have been – used to inflict physical damage, and it will look at what we can do to reduce those risks and how to take proper actions to mitigate the impact of the attacks once they happen.

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The World of Cyber-Physical Systems & Rising Cyber-Kinetic Risks

Cyber-Kinetic Security, IoT Security, OT Security
We live in a world in which the way we observe and control it is radically changing. Increasingly, we interact with physical objects through...

History of Cyber-Kinetic Incidents and Research

Cyber-Kinetic Attacks History
The fact that cyber-kinetic attacks rarely appear on mainstream news doesn’t mean they don’t happen. They happen more frequently than you would think. Many,...

Navigating a Safe Course Through Maritime Cyberattacks

Maritime Cybersecurity
The open seas have long attracted those who yearned for adventure. The risk of pitting oneself against a vast and unforgiving sea has tested...

Stuxnet and the Birth of Cyber-Kinetic Weapons and Cyber Warfare

Stuxnet Cyber-Physical Weapon
Stuxnet was the first true cyber-kinetic weapon, designed to cripple the Iranian – and perhaps also the North Korean – nuclear weapon programs. It...

IEMI – Threat of Intentional Electromagnetic Interference

As our cities, our transportation, our energy and manufacturing – our everything – increasingly embrace Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Controls Systems (ICS),...

Growing Cyber-Kinetic Vulnerabilities of Railway Systems

Cyber-Kinetic Railway
In their growing efforts to increase efficiencies through digitization and automation, railways are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber-kinetic attacks as they move away from...