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Security

In this post-Stuxnet era, Langill says the biggest threat facing manufacturers is still the same threat that existed pre-Stuxnet. That threat is: The general poor level of awareness in the production industries of the real threats and consequences of cyber security breaches. “Some manufacturers think they’re safe because you can’t blow up their plant by...
Siemens and McAfee Extend Security Partnership
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Siemens and McAfee Extend Security Partnership

McAfee products ranging from a next generation firewall to global threat intelligence will be incorporated into Siemens Industrial Security services offering.
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NERC-CIP Version 5 Refines, Expands

On April 13, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards, CIP-002-5 through 011-5.
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Industrial Defender Expands Services Through Acquisition of Fandotech LLC

New backup and disaster recovery services from Industrial Defender are enabled by the announced acquisition of Fandotech LLC.
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Conference Lineup is Set
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Industry Leaders To Take the Stage at The Automation Conference

Summit Media Group’s newest event – developed for users of industrial automation technology – takes place May 22-23 in suburban Chicago and will include a first-of-its-kind panel discussion on Etherne
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Resilient Wireless Data Communication for Critical Infrastructure

NEW! Starting in 2012, the AW staff will provide abstracts of white papers, technical research or surveys in the automation space.
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Control System Security: Are Users Missing the Point?

Joel Langill, who may be better known as the SCADAhacker (scadahacker.com), is recognized throughout the manufacturing and processing industries for his work evaluating and securing industrial control
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Eric Byres, Chief Technology Officer and VP Engineering, Byres Security Inc.

Security: Belden Acquires Canadian-Based Byres Security

Belden Inc. has acquired Byres Security Inc. today. Belden is one of several companies that has been filling out its portfolio by making smaller, strategic acquisitions.
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Boeing, Siemens Form Strategic Energy Alliance

The partnership is centered around development of secure microgrid energy management applications for the Department of Defense.
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eBay Uses GE Solution for Data Center Critical Uptime

eBay's Topaz data center uses GE Quad PAC Redundancy Control Solution for mission critical uptime requirement, reduced power consumption.
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John Cusimano, Director of Security Services, exida

Safety Specialist exida Bulks Up on Cyber Security Services

Industrial safety and cyber security are moving closer together, as evidenced by two recent deals announced by exida, a safety certification and services firm.
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Factory Applications: Turn Up the Wi-Fi

Wireless Fidelity, or Wi-Fi, technology is proliferating in the factory, but it’s not the best answer for everything. Will Wi-Fi take over the industrial world?
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Wayne Manges is one of the co-authors of a White Paper that examines the risks of wireless technology use within critical contro

Containing Wireless Cyber Security Threats

Proliferating use of wireless technologies sets up conflicts between the federal CIP standards and FCC regulations, say the authors of a newly available White Paper.
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Getting Control of Your Documents

If you’re in business, you have documents.
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IPSO Alliance Adds Members, Plans 2009 Interoperability Tests

Texas Instruments, Ericsson and Cellnet are among 13 new companies joining the ranks of vendors promoting use of IP for “smart objects” networking.
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Round-the-Clock, Online Support

It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. Do you know where your support manuals are?
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Pervasive Networks

The decades old science fiction vision of “smart things” is finally coming to fruition.
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Addressing Cybersecurity in Process Control

The importance of improving cybersecurity for manufacturing and computer control systems only recently has been widely recognized and, as a result, has not been addressed by many chemical companies.
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Locking down industrial ethernet

As industrial networks enable more applications to support Ethernet as an infrastructure, they become prone to greater security threats.
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