Cyber Security

Electrical Grid Security is Serious Business

As we move further into the 21st century it’s difficult to imagine electrical installations that won’t be, in one way or another, connected. The Internet of Things is here and… Read more »

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Transporting Data Securely

Transporting Data Securely In our January 2013 newsletter, Stephen Santee gave some excellent guidance in setting up a Mobile Media program. This was followed up in February 2013 with Carrie… Read more »

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Why Industrial Ethernet and how exactly?

“Why Ethernet?” That was a question posed to me during a recent meeting with a plant manager. He said, “I have been using serial Fieldbuses for many years, but now… Read more »

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The Importance of SQL Server Hardening

Server hardening is one of the most important tasks to be done on your servers, once you understand just how vulnerable servers are “out of the box.” The default configuration… Read more »

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Is it safe? Cybersecurity and Automation of the Data Center

I always enjoyed Eddie Izzard’s assertion that people writing software would deliberately leave a “back door” into their programs, just in case they needed to get back in later. Providing… 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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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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Guest Blog: Teaming Up to Provide Security Protection to Firms that Simply Can’t Afford a Breach

You don’t have to look hard to find examples of companies that have suffered serious security breaches, with recent examples including the U.S. Postal Service and Home Depot. While these… Read more »

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How safe are your building operations from cyber attacks?

Although estimates vary, businesses worldwide lose billions each year to cyber crime, according to a report by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The modern building management… 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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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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Keeping the Holes Plugged

One of our team’s most common quotes is “Cyber security is so much more than firewalls and anti-virus software.” All successful security solutions are part of an overall program that… Read more »

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A Tale of Two T’s

Carric Dooley has extensive experience leading comprehensive security assessments as well as network and application penetration tests in a wide range of industries across North America, Europe and Asia. As… Read more »

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Who Owns the Risk?

Some time ago, my colleague Joseph Reele wrote of the risk implications of various data centre choices that might be made. In that article Reele identified a (possibly simplistic) trade-off… 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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Choking on Data

Ever hear the phrase “Choking on data, starving for information?” I credit my exposure to this phrase during a meeting I had with my new Vice President as a fresh-out-of-college… Read more »

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Cyber Security risks to buildings: What should you really be worried about

The threat of cyber attacks against Building Management Systems (BMS) is a growing concern both inside and outside of the buildings industry. One recent event, the much publicized attack against… 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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But Wait, There’s More: Benefits of Cloud-Based Security Solutions

Billy Mays was probably the most famous infomercial star ever, but Ed Valenti — hawker of the Ginsu knife — is said to have coined the phrase: “But wait, there’s… Read more »

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Revolutionizing the Oil and Gas industry with the IIoT

As Oil & Gas industries face challenges of oversupply, weaker demand, and therefore lower oil prices, executives are looking for more creative solutions to maintain profitability. The Industrial Internet of Things… Read more »

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Cyber Security and Data Privacy – Avoiding the Element of Surprise

  Here’s an interesting snippet for you, purely anecdotal. As we do our groundwork about future product developments, especially where cloud or anything-as-a-service is concerned, the top of mind issues… Read more »

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Why Controlling Rack Access is a Vital Part of Securing Data Against Cyber Crime

It is the nature of everything connected that it also bears the risk of misuse – whether malicious or accidental. It seems to me that overall, companies have taken great… Read more »

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The IoT and Why DCIM Applications Could and Should be Gamified

You might remember that I blogged recently about a workshop we ran at our Kolding Solutions Center (see “24 Hours Putting the Internet of Things Under the Microscope”) to promote… 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 – 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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