Author: Bethany Kozal

Tales From the Road: How Secure is Your API?

How We Were Able to Alter API Settings that Control Energy Production During a recent security assessment of an Application Programming Interface (API) that dynamically manages the energy resources for a large energy utility and allows external client devices to communicate with end devices that sit behind the API server, DirectDefense was able to gain… Read more »

Tales From the Road: Who’s in the Driver’s Seat of Your Physical Security?

How we “stole” our client’s Tesla during a physical penetration test. Protecting Private Internal Data Needs to Start with Enacting Strong External Security We talk a lot about how to protect your organization from being the target of an attack to your internal network by creating strong passwords, keeping network hardware under lock and key,… Read more »

Tales From the Road: BESS and SCADA Network Assessment — Is Your MQTT Traffic Secure?

Three areas to secure to ensure your critical infrastructure isn’t vulnerable to a Machine-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack. A multinational corporation in the energy industry enlisted our services to perform a comprehensive security assessment of their XRT Merging Unit. The merging unit sits on the power grid and is responsible for taking battery data from the company’s… Read more »

Tales From the Road: Got Critical Infrastructure?

Avoid these three pitfalls that are inherent to most SCADA systems that manage critical infrastructure. A multinational corporation enlisted the services of DirectDefense to perform a security assessment of the organization’s newly-developed battery energy storage control (BESS) that would enable the company’s vendors and integrators to manage the voltage and power output for massive batteries.… Read more »