Stuxnet & sons: anatomy of computer viruses that can destroy plants

Stuxnet is a very sophisticated virus, famous for having destroyed nuclear installations in Iran. Variants are now being developed. They can attack, as Stuxnet did, so called “SCADA” (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) IT systems, which are used to monitor, in real time, large scale technical installations, for instance to control industrial machines and processes, or to supervise the production and distribution of energy (electricity – with smartgrids – gas, oil) or water with potentially catastrophic consequences (massive power outage or water shortage, explosions, toxic spills…).
The risk strategy of industrial companies, whatever their size, must increasingly take into account this kind of threat.

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus de Patrick Clair

Leadership & Citizenship

Lots of people have trouble seeing themselves as leaders and may not believe it is possible to make a difference in their community. Movies send us wrong messages about being “the chosen one”, whereas leadership has to come from within. Enjoy this great TED talk from Dave Meslin:

Eurocitizen report on Security and Defense

In 2007, threats are not only in distant countries anymore, terrorism strikes the heart of Europe, crime is increasingly powerful, media’s role is fundamental, information technologies are now critical for both corporations and individuals, European security and defence emerges…

This project was aiming at helping citizen discuss together and with experts and make their own mind on issues regarding national security and defense in France and in Europe, as a complement to the official debate, in a setting of major national¹ and international² reforms. The first version of the document can be found here.

¹White Book on Defense and National Security wrote by the Mallet Commission, Bauer project on strategic research, creation of the Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur (DCRI), as a merge of the Direction Centrale des Renseignement Généraux (DCRG) and the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire (DST), Balladur Commission on the modernization of Vth Republic’s institutions, Révision Générale des Politiques Publiques (RGPP), justice reforms, etc.

² Lisbon’s Treatee signature and French Presidence of the Council of the European Union in 2008.