The agenda is out for the 2011 ACS Conference on Sept 20 – 22 in Washington DC. Joe Weiss’s ACS conference is the longest running ICS security event. Well, that might not be technically accurate. It actually began with a conference that Joe ran for a few years when he was with EPRI and then changed a bit in 2007 when he formed his own company, ACS. Joe has been putting on an event for eleven years now that myself and many in the industry call WeissCon.
Last year the event was blessed with perfect timing, and it had the first major presentation on Stuxnet by Ralph Langner. It seems impossible now, but it was a gutsy decision for Joe to allow this presentation. At that time Ralph had blogged on the fingerprinting and PLC changes, we had written some blog entries highlighting and supporting Ralph’s findings, but almost every other news source was either ignoring the news or was afraid to touch it. This was despite the data was quite clear. Even the other blogs in this space and the Automation Press wouldn’t touch the story in fear of being called crazy or getting Siemens upset.
WeissCon 2010 gave Ralph all the time he needed to explain Stuxnet to the audience, and the story exploded from there over the next few weeks to every major news outlet.
This year’s agenda includes presentations from:
- those who have found vulnerabilities such as Langner, Beresford, and Udassin
- the SCADASEC boys
- some of the smart guys in the vendor space like Hegrat, Braendle and Microsoft’s Sullivan
- US Government management responsible for ICS programs
- and a few ICS security vendor experts like Kube, Ginter, and Blask