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By Gregory Hale
Threats are getting stronger and more sophisticated, with bad guys reaching a point where they are offering weapons grade attacks to anyone on the Dark Web, but that does not mean users should live and work in fear.

Instead, they need to embrace one of the underlying tenants of what cybersecurity is all about: Dynamic change. That is exactly where the cloud comes into play.

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“In 2001, there was 40 Gflops of capacity, today there is 350 Gflops of capacity in the first grade,” said Eric Knapp, chief engineer cybersecurity for Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS), during his presentation at the 2017 Honeywell User Group Americas in San Antonio, TX, Tuesday. “Enterprises are reaching limits and they need to go to the cloud. We need to embrace the cloud.”

A Gflop (GigaFlop) is a billion FLOPS. A 1 GFlop machine will do a billion operations in a second. A 2 Gflop machine will do two billion operations in a second.

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“Unless we can cross the capability gap, it is not a fair fight,” he said. Users need not fear, however, “all it takes is a little change.”

That is when he started talking about the Advanced Threat Intelligence Exchange (ATIX) Honeywell created.

It is all about threat intelligence and threat detection.

“(ATIX) takes information from security partners to use cutting edge detection technologies,” Knapp said. “We can analyze threats across industries so we can enhance capabilities.”

Knapp talked about what manufacturers believe they are doing today in creating an air gap that does not allow any communication between the process control system and the business enterprise. The catch is, though, air gaps do not exist. So, the plant floor needs a form of security that can understand, learn and figure out how to defend against any kind of assault.

With capacity levels of attacks starting to skyrocket, systems today do not have the computing capability to fend of the sophisticated assaults.

That is where ATIX, with its secure, hybrid-cloud threat analysis service, can help out.
“Air gaps may not be a defense, but the cloud can be,” Knapp said.

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