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Pasadena-Based Parsons Reveals Critical Infrastructure Problems in the U.S.

Fri, 2018-06-15 19:45

A survey conducted by Pasadena-based Parsons revealed an alarming lack of integration of operational with information technology professionals within critical infrastructure facilities in the United States.

“Thousands of networked devices installed in critical infrastructure facilities are improving operating efficiency but increasing cyber risk,” said Carey Smith, President of Parsons’ Federal business unit. “The perfect storm has already formed, with more connected devices in the industrial controls environment creating numerous points of access for increasingly sophisticated attacks.”

Parsons undertook the survey to explore the state of cybersecurity risk in these facilities after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said cybercrime damage would reach $6 trillion annually by 2021 – almost 10 percent of the world economy.

The survey emphasized the degree to which both information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) have converged.

The 10-page report entitled “Parsons 2018 Critical Infrastructure Risk Assessment” and released Thursday reports the results and summarizes the opinions of 300 qualified respondents working as industrial control system (ICS) engineers in each of the critical

Parsons said attacks on both OT and IT critical infrastructure (CI) environments, including the 2015 Ukraine electric system disruption and the March 2018 Russian attack on the U.S. grid, are being reported by government and private sector infrastructure operators with increasing frequency.

In October 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a joint technical alert in response to advanced persistent threat data on attacks targeting U.S. energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing organizations.

Cybersecurity standards organizations, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have called for solutions to the evolving threat landscape that enhance convergence of OT and IT technologies and processes to strengthen against threats to ICS and OT systems.

In the survey, 66 percent of the respondents indicates their organizations are adding more connected industrial internet of things (IIoT) devices to industrial control systems in the OT environment. Seventy-eight percent said they were not highly involved in ICS cybersecurity.

The Parsons report is downloadable from the company website, through







Free Taco Bell Tacos Today in Special Promotion

Wed, 2018-06-13 06:24

Taco Bell is giving away free tacos on June 13 at all participating locations, including those in Pasadena, thanks to the Golden State Warriors road win (110-102) over the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 6 in Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals.

The two Taco Bell locations in Pasadena are at 1953 E Colorado Boulevard and 2050 Fair Oaks Boulevard.

At the beginning of the NBA Championship series, Taco Bell had pledged it was giving away free tacos across the U.S. if a team “steals” a game while on the road, as part of the chain’s “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” promotion.

“The NBA Finals and Taco Bell are the perfect matchups, and we can’t wait to once again raise the stakes of an already fierce competition by putting free Doritos Locos Tacos for America on the line,” Marisa Thalberg, Global Chief Brand Officer for Taco Bell Corp, said in an announcement last month. “This is the third time we’ve partnered with the NBA, and the power of our combined fan base creates an exciting cultural moment around the Finals. We know one thing is for certain: everyone will be rooting for tacos.”

For the Game 3 win by Golden State, free tacos will be given away from 2 to 6 p.m. at all participating Taco Bell locations. The Taco Bell press release also said if the road team wins any of the games in the latter half of the series – which Golden State did in Game 4 (108-85) – the chain will give away free Doritos Locos tacos on Wednesday, June 20, also from 2 to 6 p.m.

The offer is limited to one taco per person, and while supplies last.

Taco Bell’s first “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” appearance took place in 2016, when Golden State also won Game four of the NBA Finals against the Cavaliers. In 2017, the Warriors also took Game 3 in Cleveland.

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