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Safeguarding OT from Cyber Threats

Manufacturing is a very competitive market to be in. It has undergone several evolutions in recent years, each with the aim of optimizing production processes and increasing agility to meet customer demands, while also reducing production costs.

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Going Digital

Smarter, Connected Networks Add Complexity, but Plant Floor Can’t be an Island Anymore A smart,...

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Securing Digital Transformation

An Internet-enabled industrial CCTV system went live online not too long ago and in three short minutes the camera started to get malicious traffic requests. Think about it: One system placed on the massive Internet and it started getting attacks in three minutes.

Mindset Changing on Safety and Profitability

Safety systems continue working silently in the background, chugging along keeping a constant vigil over manufacturing operations to ensure everyone goes home safely at the end of the day.

Safety, Connectivity and IIoT

Increased connectivity across any manufacturing enterprise, from the oil and gas industry all the way to making buttons for a clothing line, has the potential to hike business intelligence, productivity and profitability.

Security: People as a Strength

It wasn’t that long ago when a German steel mill fell victim to a cyber attack that resulted in parts of the plant failing and a blast furnace workers could not shut down through normal methods.

How to Start a Security Program

Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick; there is no way to stop a second hand, which shifts to minutes and then hours and then days. Like waves crashing on the shore, time keeps moving no matter what.

Safety and Profitability

Safety technology and the professionals behind it provide a solid assurance the process and facility remain safe and sound on a daily basis, there is no doubt. While that is a vital element of process automation, there can be so much more.

Making Time for Security

Not too long ago, a young Polish boy found a hole in the network of a European tram system. He was able to get into the system, navigate his way around and then, using a television remote, he was able to switch tracks using the infrared device on the remote.

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VIEWS

Forget Hyperbole: Stay True to Security Message

By Gregory Hale One of the good things that occurred after last week’s news from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) involving Russian attackers being able to penetrate the networks of hundreds of U.S. utilities is the...

FOCAL POINTS

INCIDENTS

Worker Killed in Machining Incident

A Rose Corp. worker died Thursday in a work-related incident involving heavy machinery at the Reading, PA, facility, officials said. Wilfred Santiago, 75, of West Reading, PA, died at the scene, officials said. The incident is...

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Rockwell Launches Safety Modules

Allen-Bradley launched its FLEX 5000 safety I/O modules to meet the needs of producers in process and heavy industries that require fixed field-wiring terminations or vertical and horizontal I/O mounting in their distributed...

GOVERNMENT

Feds Offer Guidance on Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware is continuing to grow not only in the manufacturing automation sector, but in just about every other industry and more organizations need to step up in their protection efforts. Along those lines, the Cybersecurity...

TECHNOLOGY UPDATE

Optical Array Advances Visual ID

A new portable technology can now be used to help identify individuals in challenging outdoor conditions. This advanced optical array developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory was just licensed by...

TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

Controller Certified to IEC 62443-4-2

Companies can defend their connected operations against security threats and have confidence their control systems are designed with security in mind. That is because the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 5580 controller from Rockwell...

CAREERS

Cybersecurity Development Program for Manufacturing

There is a huge shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the manufacturing sector and a new workforce development program for is making a move to create awareness, opportunities and pathways to careers in the sector. MxD...

STANDARDS

TÜV Rheinland Expands Testing Scope

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) expanded its scope of recognition for TÜV Rheinland of North America, Inc. as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). Effective June 5, the expanded scope of...

RESEARCH

Automaton Security Looking to SOAR

Challenges facing security teams are common knowledge: An increase in alert volume, a stark security skills gap, piecemeal processes, and siloed tools. In a look at a broad array of industries, a new report looks at stages of...

Industry Voices

  • By Stefan Liversidge

    By Stefan Liversidge Cyberattacks have been making the headlines daily, and the heat is on for critical infrastructure and other industrial organizations to do something about it. Building cyber resiliency at any speed puts a lot of pressure on an orga …

  • By Britta Voss

    When you email a friend, you don’t have to worry about whether they use Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo or some other email provider. You just enter their email address, write your message and hit send. The reason this works is because there are layers of standardized protocols all email clients have adopted so messages can seamlessly fly between users regardless of which client they choose.

  • By Lynn Wood

    It’s no surprise that due to the nature of their industry, manufacturing facility leaders have invested a significant amount in the equipment necessary to accomplish streamlined operations and achieve their goals.

  • By Heather MacKenzie

    How does your company’s perception of ICS risk compare to that of other organizations? How are other asset owners defining the boundaries between OT systems and external systems? How do your ICS security roadblocks compare to others? Where does your company rank in terms of managing OT/IT convergence?

Industry White Papers

A Year in Vulnerabilities

In 2017, Dragos tracked 163 vulnerability advisories with an industrial control system (ICS) impact. Of these, the majority were vulnerabilities in insecure- by-design products which are typically deep within an ICS network....

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