Automation Week: The Future of Manufacturing is in Your Hands

Posted by Paul Galeski on May 6, 2013 @ 8:51 am

Safety. People. Business. Technology. In the world of automation, they’re all connected.

In today’s complex automation environments, decisions made and actions taken in one area, such as migrating to a new technology, can sometimes have adverse and unforeseen affects in others, ranging from higher total cost of ownership to concerns over employee training and plant safety. mav automation weekOrganizations that take an integrated approach to process management and operational improvement—one that proactively incorporates the needs and requirements of safety, people, busine... Continue Reading

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Safeguarding the U.S. SCADA Systems from Hackers

Posted by Paul Galeski on May 2, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

New Partnership Aims to Develop a Solution to Combat National Cybersecurity Threats

 

Yesterday we announced a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Logos Technologies and Global Velocity to develop a solution set to protect U.S. national infrastructure from potential cyber-attacks.

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5 Things You Can Do Long Distance: Manage Your Control System Remotely

Posted by Jason Montroy on April 30, 2013 @ 9:20 am

Did you know that an off-site provider can perform many of the activities required to keep your control systems healthy?

With the convergence of information technology and operational technology (IT and OT), off-site providers can execute more and more control system tasks remotely. Reduction of onsite costs and the ability to focus resources on production has led many manufacturers to take advantage of remote management. It also makes for smart strategic planning: over the next four years, up to 40% of the automation workforce will be retiring. What does this mean? Manufacturers must get creative about how they staff their plants from an automation standpoint. Currently, off-site providers can perform five main control system management tasks: 1. Incident management is probably the most heavily used remote service. This is a lifesaver when a control system problem arises... Continue Reading

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Red and Blue Team Training Brings ICS Cyber Security Weaknesses To Light

Posted by Bruce Billedeaux on April 23, 2013 @ 9:09 am

As a follow up to last week’s discussion on  five industrial control system cyber security mistakes, I want to talk about a cyber security exercise I participated in at the ICS Cyber security (301) Training I attended recently. The five-day event featured hands-on training in cyber security and the week concluded with a red team / blue team exercise that took place within an actual control system environment. The 12-hour exercise had participants either attacking (red team) or defending (blue team). My team, the blue team, was assigned a three-fold task: • Provide cyber defenses for a corporate environment • Maintain operations to a batch mixing plant, and • Protect an electrical distribution SCADA system. Continue Reading

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5 Industrial Control System Cyber Security Mistakes

Posted by Bruce Billedeaux on April 16, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

Recently, I attended ICS Cyber Security (301) Training at the U.S. DHS CERT facility in Idaho Falls, Id. The five-day event featured hands-on training in discovering who and what is on the network, identifying vulnerabilities, learning how those vulnerabilities may be exploited, and learning defensive and mitigation strategies for ICSs (industrial control systems). Here are five key takeaways from that training. ICS Cyber Security 1. Spear phishing attacks Do you know how most computer networks a... Continue Reading

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