Cyber Security

Challenges of Data Consolidation Part I: Ensuring Network Connectivity

The fire hose of data has been turned on, and there’s no end in sight to the hydrant sourcing the spray. Our lives and our jobs are now dictated by… Read more »

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Software Licensing: The Top Benefits of the Concurrent License Model

Software licensing agreements can be a daunting task for an enterprise. Using a multi-plant organization as an example, I plan to go over the benefits of the concurrent licensing over… Read more »

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Monitoring Your Networks

Today’s complex network systems have become the foundation of business.  A network’s reliability and performance are essential.  With so many interrelated devices and applications running simultaneously, system event diagnosis can… Read more »

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Software Vulnerability Best Practices to Protect Your BMS from Security Threats

As building management systems grow more intelligent and increasingly connect to the Internet to share data, they can also be the target of cybersecurity threats. In this fourth and final… Read more »

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Internet, Internet Everywhere!

Over the past few years the ‘Internet of Things’ has been a pretty hot topic. It has many names, and is considered by some to be the Next Industrial Revolution…. Read more »

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Cyber Security Return on Investment

In today’s business environment, implementation of a cyber security program is a necessity. Many people correlate cyber security with an insurance policy, which is incorrect. Implementing a cyber security program… Read more »

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Beware the Disgruntled Employee: How to Protect Your BMS from the Threats Within

This is the third in a series of posts on the topic of building management system (BMS) security. BMSs today are growing more intelligent all the time, with devices connected… Read more »

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Is Mass Behavior the Best Evolutionary Response to Improve Data Center Security?

In a recent editorial, Peter Judge, the global editor of DatacenterDynamics, posed the question can management quell the embedded threat. The story led from an observation made by Ed Ansett… Read more »

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Top Reasons to Consider Mobility in your Industrial Operation

In recent years, dramatic changes in the global manufacturing plant landscape have compelled organizations to respond to a new set of challenges, including: An increasing number of casual users requiring… Read more »

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Secure Your BMS: Follow These Password Best Practices

In my last post I explained why, as building management systems (BMSs) become more intelligent and connected, it’s incumbent on facilities managers to ensure they are properly secured. Because the… Read more »

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A Data Center Architecture Hack, Inspired by and Encompassing the Open Compute Project

When I first heard the term “hacking” from folks at the Open Compute Project (OCP), I was a little confused – what does that mean, “hacking”? Is it some play… Read more »

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Mobile Notifications Simplify Multi-Site Security Management

Facility managers and security operations staff are often bombarded with calls for from multiple tenants, across several sites, but traditionally they had no insight or control on the spot.  Now… Read more »

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Why the End of XP Support Makes Secure Power Even More Important

In April 2014, Microsoft stopped issuing security patches for its XP operating system. While the move had been announced two years previously, many corporate operations – including building management and… Read more »

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Regulatory compliance drives – and complicates – government rack access strategies

Regulatory compliance remains the most common top priority for federal IT decision makers when it comes to securing equipment racks in data centers. Almost always part of an overall physical… Read more »

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Challenges of Data Consolidation Part I: Ensuring Network Connectivity

The fire hose of data has been turned on, and there’s no end in sight to the hydrant sourcing the spray. Our lives and our jobs are now dictated by… Read more »

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Is securing a plant simply becoming too complex?

Being one of the most established control system companies has its advantages when watching the cybersecurity landscape evolve. Our technology has powered and protected some of the biggest and most… Read more »

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The New IIoT Security Framework: Some Guiding Principles

September 2016 marked an important milestone in the purposeful development and intelligent evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), namely the publication of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s new security… Read more »

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Enabling Business Through Safety, Security

Editor and Founder Gregory Hale has over 30 years in the publishing industry covering manufacturing automation for 10 years as the Chief Editor of InTech magazine. Prior to starting atInTech in 1999, Hale… Read more »

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Securing Power and Control: The Problem and Attack Vectors

Electricity is taken for granted. Lights illuminate when we flip a switch. Turn up the thermostat and the house warms up. In the recent past a power failure could mean… Read more »

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Monitoring Your Networks

Today’s complex network systems have become the foundation of business.  A network’s reliability and performance are essential.  With so many interrelated devices and applications running simultaneously, system event diagnosis can… Read more »

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Cyber Security – Critical Need of the Times

Cyber security is not just a new buzzword in the present age of digitization. It is a necessity going neck and neck with the pace of information revolution. Digital connectivity has… Read more »

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Getting Good Directions on Your Drive to Successful DCIM Implementation

There’s this apocryphal story about the guy who gets lost in Ireland and eventually has to swallow his pride (male ego?) and ask for directions. As chance would have it,… Read more »

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Cybersecurity Risk Management and Your Bottom Line

Cybersecurity Risk Management – A Blog Series: Part 1 In 2013 then US President Obama directed NIST to develop a framework that would become an authoritative source for cybersecurity best… Read more »

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Minimize Downtime Through Effective Backups

Modern organizations put more and more emphasis on using computer solutions for day-to-day problems. Whether it is payroll, operating door controllers, or controlling turbine assemblies, all these systems rely on… Read more »

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Cyber Security update: Dynamic Endpoint Modeling vs. Network Intrusion Detection

As industrial control systems connect to the Internet they allow for greater business efficiency (e.g., remote process monitoring, predictive system maintenance, process control and production data analysis). However, at the… Read more »

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The New IIoT Security Framework: Some Guiding Principles

September 2016 marked an important milestone in the purposeful development and intelligent evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), namely the publication of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s new security… Read more »

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Finance Execs: 3 Cyber Security Tips for Staying Out of the Headlines

Breaking News: “Bank accounts hacked! Identities stolen. Critical assets damaged.” 3 Cyber security tips for staying out of the headlines By some estimates Banks and other Financial Services companies are… Read more »

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Straight talk on cyber security threats to industrial control systems

Hackers are always gravitating towards the easiest systems to exploit and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are now among the most popular hacking attack targets. If control systems (like programmable logic… Read more »

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Software Licensing: The Top Benefits of the Concurrent License Model

Software licensing agreements can be a daunting task for an enterprise. Using a multi-plant organization as an example, I plan to go over the benefits of the concurrent licensing over… Read more »

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Mobile Notifications Simplify Multi-Site Security Management

Facility managers and security operations staff are often bombarded with calls for from multiple tenants, across several sites, but traditionally they had no insight or control on the spot.  Now… Read more »

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