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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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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.


Breaking News

 

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

Cisco Clears High, Critical Vulnerabilities

Cisco fixed a critical vulnerability in the web-based management interface of its Firepower Management Center (FMC) which could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to bypass authentication and execute arbitrary actions...

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Off Line Ransomware Protection

Quantum Corp. released its Ransomware Protection Packs to provide a solution for securing critical off-line data from ransomware attacks. Each pre-defined protection pack includes Quantum’s Active Vault feature, combined...

GOVERNMENT

CO Oil Firm Settles Emissions Suit

Denver-based K.P. Kauffman Company Inc. (KPK) reached a settlement Tuesday with the feds resolving violations of the federal Clean Air Act and Colorado air quality regulations. The settlement, reached in the U.S. District Court...

TECHNOLOGY UPDATE

Securing Mobile Radioactive Materials

Radioactive materials are a critical tool in a number of industrial applications particularly oil and gas drilling and welding. While these sources are safe and well-regulated for their intended use; if lost or stolen the...

TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

Working to Cut Methylene Chloride Exposure

A Utah-based manufacturer had 90 to 100 employees working in a small clean room where they used methylene chloride as a bonding agent for plastic tubing during the manufacture of biomedical devices. As a part of their work,...

CAREERS

Cybersecurity Boot Camp at ASU

The cybersecurity skills gap is a growing problem for businesses, with a nearly 500,000 person gap in cybersecurity talent in the U.S., according to (ICS)2, an international cybersecurity research organization. In an effort to...

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

Cybercriminals Seek Specific Skills

There are common attributes of cybercrime networks that function and work together that end up causing an estimated $445-600 billion in damage globally per year, new research found. “It’s not the ‘Tony Soprano mob boss type’...

Industry Voices

  • By Tony Dozier

    By Tony Dozier While digital transformation is significantly impacting the security industry, it goes beyond just implementing new solutions. CIOs and IT professionals are having to re-examine their established security systems to drive continuous inno …

  • By Ray Watson

    By Ray Watson As manufacturing technology advances and companies find themselves tasked with managing increasingly sophisticated production systems, the industry is adopting methodologies that will help make operations faster and more efficient than ev …

  • By Ryan Brichant

    By Ryan Brichant “Disrupting” traditional business models might be hot talk for start-ups pitching investors, but in the world of manufacturing, transportation, energy and similar sectors, real “disruption” of production and facilities due to cyberatta …

  • By Neil Huntingdon

    By Neil Huntingdon Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned as technological advancements offer more convenience at the cost of our privacy. One particularly controversial innovation is facial recognition technology, which utilizes artificial inte …

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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