Agile development: Scrum

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Agile frameworks are gaining momentum in software development and beyond. One of them, called Scrum, caught my attention recently.

I’ve had a privilege to work in one of the biggest dot-coms in Europe and immerse myself in the agile environment. I’ve had an opportunity to witness first hand that efficiencies gained through adopting an agile method cannot be underestimated.

To structure my knowledge and practical experience, I’ve decided to study for the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) exam offered by the Scrum Alliance.

I can highly recommend the two-day course which is a pre-requisite for the certification. This short module helps put everything into perspective and allows you to practice some of the key concepts in a safe environment during a number of workshops. For example, I’ve had an opportunity to work with the product backlog, facilitate sprint planning and retrospective sessions and write user stories.

It also clarifies the role of the Scrum Master in the team as a servant-leader and his/her relationship with Product Owner and the development team.

Find out more on the Scrum Alliance website.

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Industrial Control Systems Security: Information Exchange

There are a number of global information exchanges related to industrial control systems security. They offer useful guidelines and standards to help protect the environment.

The UK Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) provides good practice and technical guidance as well as advice on securing industrial control systems.
Secure move to IP-based Networks (SCADA):

They also highlight the risks of wireless connectivity of physical security systems

Similar information exchange centres were established in Japan and Spain,

For the introduction to Industrial Control Systems Security see my previous blogs (Part I, Part II, Part II) or ICS Security Library