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Security

  New year, new plan. When it comes to industrial network security, the most important message of the past few years has been, “Do something.” Everyone agrees that the days of head-in-the-sand, air-gaps-will-protect-us, we’re-too-small-for-hackers-to-care-about-us cybersecurity strategies are gone. You need a plan to thwart industrial network intruders—...
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ABB Expands System 800xA DCS Capabilities

The sixth generation of ABB’s flagship distributed control system enhances security, and supports upgrades on older platforms like Windows XP.
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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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NIST Releases Cybersecurity Framework
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NIST Releases Cybersecurity Framework

Following President Obama’s executive order and presidential policy directive on cybersecurity in February 2013, NIST has formally announced the initial version of the Framework for Improving Critical
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Four IT Standards You Should Understand

Imagine a world without electrical standards, such as 110 V at 60 Hz, or 220 V at 50 Hz, or a world where every phone had a different type of connection and required a different type of switchboard.
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How to Avoid Mistakes with Control System Remote Access

As more operations aspects are tied to Ethernet networks and, therefore, are open to Internetbased access, the potential for greater collaborative operation and a freer work environment increases.
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Control System Security Tips

Recognizing that the biggest security risk to your control system assets are the operators who interface with the system on a daily basis is the most important step to successfully securing your syste
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Rugged versus Consumer Cost of Ownership
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Rugged versus Consumer Cost of Ownership

New online calculator is designed to help determine the total cost of ownership differences between rugged tablets and consumer tablets.
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The Need for Gigabit Cybersecurity
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The Need for Gigabit Cybersecurity

Much of the discussion around gigabit network speeds has focused on high-speed motion control applications.
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Practical Steps to Secure Industrial Networks

When management asks what your plan is for securing your plant's network, it's best to have an answer.
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Five Steps to Achieve Defense-in-Depth

Take these actions to establish and maintain industrial security capabilities.
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Five Steps to a Secure Network

Follow these practical steps to immediately make networks more secure.
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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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Cybersecurity Weapons Protect Electricity's Perimeter

But industry experts debate the effectiveness of multiple versions of NERC-CIP standards, and argue that regulation compliance is hardly enough.
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ISA Automation Week Cybersecurity Panel
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Preventing a Cyber Pearl Harbor

End users, industry suppliers and government experts discuss public/private partnership to address industrial control system cybersecurity at ISA Automation Week event.
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Siemens to Roll Out Industrial Control Security Service
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Siemens to Roll Out Industrial Control Security Service

Given that industrial cybersecurity is a global, multi-vendor concern, Siemens announces plans at its Automation Summit 2013 to deliver managed services for defense-in-depth control security.
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Cyber Security Continuous Improvement: Do Something

Industrial cyber security concerns and tactics were woven throughout The Automation Conference 2013.
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Eric Byres, Tofino Security Products
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Air Gaps Won’t Protect Your Operations

Good luck isolating your operations network from outside elements. The idea that you can is a myth, since people will always find other ways to get data to where they need it.
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The Ethernet Security Issue

One downside of Ethernet—be it wired or wireless—is that it’s vulnerable to attacks, viruses and other maladies.
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The Human-Automation Intersection
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The Human-Automation Intersection

A developing trend among a number of automation interface hardware and software suppliers is to focus more on the operator experience.
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Microchip’s BodyCom technology
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Technology Makes Human Body a Secure Communications Channel

BodyCom technology can make the human body a secure, low-power method for short-range wireless communication, eliminating the need for costly RF antennae and batteries for low-data-rate applications,
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