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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.

Safeguarding OT from Cyber Threats

A Solid Defense-in-Depth Program with Added Visibility can Help Provide an Early Warning System in Effort to Defend Against Attacks By Davinder Harcharan, Siv Hilde Houmb, Ph.D. and Erlend A. Engum Automation using advanced industrial control systems ( …

IL Nuke Sees Double with Transformer Woes

At the Clinton Power Station, the Old Adage Lives On: Fool Me Once, Shame on You, Fool Me Twice … EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of stories that will appear on ISSSource that focus on near misses at nuclear plants. This originally appeared on …

NE Nuke: Safety Valves Remained Closed

Nebraska Nuclear Power Plant Operated 89 Days with Key Safety System Impaired EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of stories that will appear on ISSSource that focus on near misses at nuclear plants. This originally appeared on the Union of Concern …

Finding the Competitive Edge

Monitoring Applications Gives Visibility, and can Help Hike Performance in a Very Big Way Not too long ago, ExxonMobil came out with a plan where hardware is merely plug and play, totally open and non-proprietary, where if a device fails, you can simpl …

Going Digital

Smarter, Connected Networks Add Complexity, but Plant Floor Can’t be an Island Anymore A smart, connected enterprise can embrace the digital transformation in the coming Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) world by collecting data that could result in …

Safety through Security

Safety Implications of Security Often End Up Overlooked, Learn How to Assess, Manage and Mitigate Risks By Lee Lane As organizations implement connected, information-enabled architectures to improve productivity, efficiency and safety that means indust …

Insurance Dilemma: Infrastructure Attacks

Cybersecurity is One Thing, but Figuring Out Where Insurance Fits into the Big Picture is Not So Simple These Days There was a period of time not too long ago when insurers had an easier time deciding on how much protection a manufacturing operation ne …

Ukraine Attack: An Insider’s Perspective

‘In the Ukraine there was a huge wave of attacks going on. None of the attacks were targeted at maximum damage. Interaction, yes. Sabotage, yes. But no maximum damage.’ By Gregory Hale Ukraine did suffer another cyberattack on its electric grid that sh …

Safety from a Safe Distance

Wireless can Provide Safety for Users, while also Giving a Big Boost to Productivity By Gregory Hale Productivity and safety are emerging as the key pillars to any control application enterprise and when wireless adds into the mix, the potential gains …

Safety Suffers with Temp Workers

Appeal is Obvious: Using Temps Can Turn a Smart Boardroom Decision into a Disaster By Bob Felton Ever since the launch of the Interstate Highway system reshaped America’s economy and gave rise to fast-food restaurant chains that promised a predictable …

Security from an Executive Level

What Leaders Need to Know and Ask to Ensure a Strong Security Profile By Marc Ayala and Jeff Jensen Among phrases sure to catch the attention of most all oil and gas executives: Enhanced asset utilization, production optimization, accelerated resource …

New Wave Gas Detection

Traditional Gas-Detection Design Codes Can’t Cover Fire, Flammable Gas, and Toxic Gas Behavior on Tank Farms and Sprawling Petrochemical Facilities. By Edward Marszal and Srinivasan Ganesan The design of hydrocarbon-gas-detection systems using risk ana …

Stopping Stuxnet Attacks

Throughout the Industry Today, One of the Strongest Safeguards for Manufacturers Against Stuxnet-like Worms Points Toward Host-Intrusion Prevention Systems or Whitelisting By Nicholas Sheble The computer worm Stuxnet appeared in June 2010. Most realize …

Knowledge Remains King

State of the Art IEC 61511 Gives Manufacturers the Ability to Identify Process Hazards and then Create Safeguards to Protect the Facility “The fact you have had 20 years without a catastrophic event is no guarantee that there won’t be one tomorrow.” — …

HAZCOM: It’s the Law

Standard brought protective measures against hazards since 1983, but to this day it remains one of the most frequently violated OSHA standards. By Nicholas Sheble President Ronald Reagan was a zealous deregulator and his administration tried to weaken …

Getting to Core of Safer Plants

It is Inherently Safer to Develop Processes with Wide Operating Limits that are Less Sensitive to Burps and Upsets that Pose a Problem for Plants. By Nicholas Sheble Chemical engineer and process safety expert Trevor Kletz first proposed the concept of …

It’s a Security Competition

By Bob Felton Even as American manufacturers eye offshore competitors and wonder what the looming overhaul of the financial system means for capital investments in industrial productivity, computer security experts warn cyber attacks cost the United St …

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