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Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats by Joseph Weiss

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The Need for ICS-CERT

In the wake of the massive disruption of Internet systems and services caused by the Morris worm in November 1988, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recognized the need for a new kind of technical resource to protect the rapidly growing, increasingly interdependent Internet community whose growth DARPA had sponsored. Certainly, there were experts scattered throughout the Internet community who possessed the knowledge and skill necessary to mitigate and cope with the causes and consequences of the Morris worm, but contacting these experts, obtaining their cooperation, and coordinating their responses in a manner fast enough to effectively interrupt the escalating chaos was impractical within the timeline ...

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