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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...

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Posted by Lori Hayes on May 2, 2012 @ 8:58 am

The corporate world we live in today relies on the information highway, an interconnected network system where business transactions are carried out in cyber space. Left undiscovered, a system’s vulnerability can lead to Intellectual Property (IP) loss, financial loss and confidential data exposure. In the Industrial Control System (ICS), hidden vulnerabilities can be exploited through malware, such as viruses and trojans, and can cause similar outcomes including unpredictable operations and expensive downtime, resulting in a loss of production and compromised safety systems. Can this really happen to you? Not so new to the cyber neighborhood are vulnerability researchers that look closely at ICS software and systems. The best outcome is that any vulnerability information is given directly to you or the Computer Emergency Readiness Team) (CERT), enabling a planne...

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