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Ronald Kovach reports that even though those major hacks did not involve building controls, that is not to say there is not evidence of such intrusions. According to the GAO, the number of cyber incidents involving industrial control systems (in this case, including building and access controls) that were reported to the Depart. of Homeland Security increased 74% from 2011 to 2014, with 245 incidents reported in 2014. Many more incidents occur in critical infrastructure that go unreported, DHS says.

Stuxnet is, to date, the most famous attack on an industrial control system. America... More →
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Matt Aldertonm reports that last week, more than 230,000 computers in more than 150 countries were infected with ransomware, a malicious software that holds data hostage until a ransom is paid to the hackers behind it, as part of the global WannaCry cyberattack. The victims are businesses running outdated Windows software on their PCs.

Businesses around the world are still dealing with the massive fallout from one of the biggest global ransomware attacks ever recorded, reports FOXBusiness contributor Jade Scipioni, who says small businesses are especially vulnerable to ransomware at... More →
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Cybersecurity is an enterprise-level risk that affects every organization, yet significant gaps in directors knowledge and oversight of cybersecurity still exist at the boardroom level.

The 2017 edition of the NACD Director Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight is constructed around five core principles designed to enhance the cyber literacy and cyber-risk oversight capabilities of directors of organizations of all sizes and in all industries.

This handbook provides foundational principles for board-level cyber-risk oversight, insight into management of cyber-risk oversight ... More →
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Peter Behr reports that regulators of the U.S. nuclear plants and high-voltage power lines met yesterday for a top-level review of threats and hurdles each faces from cyber attacks, natural disasters and the grid-disruptive transitions.

The public meeting of commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission highlighted common strategies both agencies are following. They include pursuing cyber risks from contaminated vendor equipment and software, addressing potential vulnerabilities in communications pathways, and prioritizing regulation... More →
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Michael Echols reports that a continuously growing architecture of networks, systems, and assets creates unseen ties between each of us. While these digital connections enable faster communication and innovation to power our economy, they create new vulnerabilities that are a liability for companies and organizations. It is no longer sufficient to secure the systems inside our networks and feel safe. The threat may emerge through partners in external organizations or systems that we think we know.

In 2014, Target had its information systems breached by hackers who used network crede... More →
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Scott Greene reports that simple training can prevent ransomware and data breaches. A company called PhishMe based in Leesburg, VA says that more than 90% Of cyberattacks start with a Phishing Email.

First, let us define phishing and spear phishing. Phishing is using email to defraud individuals of personal or corporate information. Unlike Spear Phishing, Phishing emails are generally less personal. Spear Phishing is a targeted Phishing attempt. The email ostensibly looks as though it is from a trusted sender or contains more personal information in order to induce the targeted reci... More →
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Darrell Proctor reports that U.S. officials said Russian government hackers have broken into systems at U.S. nuclear power plants and also have made cyber intrusions into the business systems of other energy companies, according to several reports over the past week. Cybersecurity experts say the threats against U.S. facilities are real and likely to continue, as power plant operators work to make their plants more secure against such attacks.

In the U.S. there are regulations in place say that critical assets have to be protected against cyberattack. Those systems have to be isolat... More →
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The first advantage of internet security for small business over a group of individual internet security licenses is that these suites include the ability to manage the software centrally from one PC or server. This means that you do not have to depend on your employees to keep the security on your company PCs up to date, and you will know right away if someone attempts to bypass your internet security. Many business internet security software also allow you to control what websites your employees visit, what data they share (unknowingly or knowingly), and to remotely erase data on stolen or l... More →
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Morag McGreevey reports that cybersecurity technology has reached the point where it can detect all sorts of threats from varying angles. However, despite the advanced nature of this technology, it can be difficult to put the information into action and act on this data. That is because the industry itself is quite fragmented. There are a lot of different specialists developing technology in all aspects of the field but, right now, there is no easy to use, single platform that integrates all of this information.

System administrators come in on a daily basis, sit at their terminals,... More →
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Claudia Wagner, et al., report that with the increasing importance of online social networks such as Twitter or Facebook, a new breed of computer programs, so-called social bots, emerged.

Social bots are automatic or semi-automatic computer programs that mimic humans and or human behavior in online social networks. Social bots can attack users in online social networks to pursue a variety of latent goals, such as to spread information or to influence targets. Without a deep understanding of the nature of such attacks or the susceptibility of users, the potential of social media as ... More →
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Ask Argus-Hazco for advice and support for any of your technical issues involving safety equipment, instrumentation and OSHA compliance issues.
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Sandi Doughton reports from Seattle that the initial results from a program to monitor the Cascadia Subduction Zone in unprecedented detail show that the fault off the Northwest coast is not as seismically quiet as it has long appeared. Seafloor seismometers deployed as part of the NSF Cascadia Initiative detected nearly 600 small earthquakes off central Oregon during their first year of operation, quakes that did not register on any land-based instruments.

Though the subduction zone can unleash magnitude-9 megaquakes and tsunamis, there is no reason to think the small tremors are u... More →
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A resource for environmental health specialists, environmental health officers, students, and other public health professionals. This information is for anyone interested in the field of environmental health and in reducing illness and death due to environmentally related disease and injury. The Environmental Health Services Branch is part of the National Center for Environmental Health's Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services. Selected case descriptions of outbreaks associated with drinking water, water wells, and groundwater.... More →
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Dr. Phillips reports that for the past year, neutron monitors around the Arctic Circle have sensed an increasing intensity of cosmic rays. Polar latitudes are a good place to make such measurements, because Earth magnetic field funnels and concentrates cosmic radiation there. Turns out, Earth poles are not the only place cosmic rays are intensifying. Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus have been launching helium balloons to the stratosphere to measure radiation, and they find the same trend over California.

Neutron monitor measurements from the University of O... More →
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Thomas D. Schneid, the author of this book, is the Department of Safety & Security and Director of the graduate program and a tenured professor in the School of Safety, Security and Emergency Management in the college of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University.

He opines that in rapidly changing workplace of today, safety and loss prevention professionals cannot always go by the book for the answers to new and unique problems and issues. When there is no tried-and-true solution to a problem, safety and loss prevention professionals must think outside of the box of con... More →
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Californians are continuing to pump groundwater in response to the historic drought in the state. Meanwhile, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever before - nearly 2 inches per month in some locations.

Because of increased pumping, groundwater levels are reaching record lows- up to 100 feet lower than previous records, said DWR director Mark Cowin. As extensive groundwater pumping continues, the land is sinking more rapidly and this puts nearby infrastructure at greater risk of ... More →
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The students of Earth to Sky Calculus recently flew across the U.S. to conduct a transcontinental launch of space weather balloons. They took radiation sensors on board the plane to find out how many cosmic rays they would absorb during the flight.
As expected, radiation levels in the cabin of the Airbus 319 (Spirit Airlines FL640) tripled within ten minutes after takeoff, and were nearly 30 times ground level by the time the plane reached cruising altitude at 39,000 feet. Summing over the entire 4-hour flight, the sensors measured about 1 mrem of radiation - similar to that of a dental... More →
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Satoshi Ide, et al, report that the possibility that tidal stress can trigger earthquakes has been long debated. In particular, a clear causal relationship between small earthquakes and the phase of tidal stress is elusive. However, they claim that tectonic tremors deep within subduction zones are highly sensitive to tidal stress levels, with tremor rate increasing at an exponential rate with rising tidal stress. Thus, slow deformation and the possibility of earthquakes at subduction plate boundaries may be enhanced during periods of large tidal stress. They calculated that the tidal-stress hi... More →
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This page lists some of the errors in the miniseries "10.5". These errors are followed by a brief explanation about why they are wrong. Use the sidebar to go directly to a particular error. Throughout the explanations you will find underlined words. These
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This animation shows every recorded earthquake in sequence as they occurred from January 1, 2001, through December 31, 2015, at a rate of 30 days per second. The earthquake hypocenters first appear as flashes then remain as colored circles before shrinking with time so as not to obscure subsequent earthquakes.

The size of the circle represents the earthquake magnitude while the color represents its depth within the earth. At the end of the animation it will first show all quakes in this 15-year period. Next, it will show only those earthquakes greater than magnitude 6.5, the smalle... More →
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EnPro Learning System is the learning organization of EnPro Industries, a diversified manufacturer of proprietary products. Founded in 2002 in a spin-off from Goodrich, EnPro Industries is comprised of medium- to heavy-duty manufacturing companies that have been around for more than a century from all over the world. The success achieved over the past 13 years has led EnPro Industries to be twice awarded U.S. Safest Company by EHS Today. This was a perfect opportunity for a company to dedicate itself fully to safety excellence. Thus, EnPro Learning System was born.

EnPro offers safe... More →
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The company's response to rumors and stories about possible terrorism of products.
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IRIS is an EPA database of human health effects that may result from exposure to various substances found in the environment, for use in risk assessments, decision-making and regulatory activities.
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A landmark study released today reveals that approximately 60% of the ecosystem services that support life on Earth - such as fresh water, air and water regulation, and natural hazards and pests - are being degraded or used unsustainably.
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The I2M Web Portal category, A Field Alert, is presented as a search result containing 101 entries. This search result includes items that geologists working in the field should be aware, whether during field reconnaissance or working around drilling or mining operations. Poor to outright dangerous environmental hazards are also included as items for your review and awareness.

A new type of hazard involving cyber dangers that could endanger your communications and working digital data is presented within this category of search results as they become apparent to I2M WP Eds.
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