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Our security content focus for August leapt off the page from the print edition and landed nicely on

Traffic for security related-content ranked high all month long, especially with our overview and analysis via the “Control Systems a New ‘Bulls-eye for Hackers” story.

Listed below are more news items related to security in recent weeks. Links are from Around the Web and Good stuff!

•  Stuxnet Could Hijack Power Plants, Refineries
•  Control Systems a New “Bulls-eye” for Hackers
•  Video: A Look at Safety and Security Breaches
•  Grid is Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

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Hot Topic! Podcast Bytes: Improving Control System Cyber Security
To improve industrial control system (ICS) cyber security, automation professionals must strive to work more closely with information technology (IT) departments, and they must recognize that cyber security is a safety and reliability issue. These are among key points made by ICS security expert Joe Weiss, managing partner at Applied Control Solutions, during this podcast interview with Automation World Managing Editor Wes Iversen, recorded on July 7, 2010. Visit

Podcast: Automation Minutes, View from NI Week 2010
Gary Mintchell, Editor in Chief, wraps up NI Week down in Austin, Texas. The event, held in early August, saw the unveiling of LabView2010 and numerous other technology presentations.

Mintchell Video Report: A Look at Safety and Security Breaches. In this video report, Gary Mintchell, Editor in Chief, takes a look at the environment of risky behaviors that can lead to safety and security breaches. Other topics include the BP oil-rig situation and the virus that targeted Siemens WinCC HMI/SCADA. Visit

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