Cyber Security

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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4 Steps Toward Substation Cybersecurity

When it comes to utility substation automation, how do you put basic cybersecurity concepts into practice? Concepts like availability, integrity, confidentiality (AIC), or authorization, authentication, and auditability (AAA) need the… Read more »

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How to Provide Physical Security for Your Most Critical Resources

In mission-critical facilities, it’s obviously important to keep unauthorized individuals out, but it’s also important that authorized employees don’t venture where they don’t belong. The reason? That’s how bad things… 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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The Cybersecurity Business Case: An Arduous Challenge – Part 1

The need for secure control systems is a growing priority for industrial applications.  Recent high profile cyber-attacks against critical infrastructure, coupled with the growing list of published equipment vulnerabilities, and… Read more »

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Uncovering Cybersecurity and the IIoT in Oil & Gas Business

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is rapidly reshaping the Oil & Gas sector. Executives are investing heavily in new solutions to overcome the challenges companies face, including falling oil… 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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Lessons in Cyber Security for Oil Pipelines

Pipeline security is an increasingly complex issue. Big Data and the Internet of Things offer new opportunities for accuracy and efficiency. These, paired with converging infrastructure and multiservice use cases,… 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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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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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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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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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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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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Securing Power and Control: Solutions

As stated in my previous post, the threat of cyber-attacks on power and control systems is growing.  One factor is the wider proliferation of attack tools and techniques.  Aging power… Read more »

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Schneider Electric DCIM An Undisputed Leader on Gartner Magic Quadrant, Again.

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about,” opined the great Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde, “and that is not being talked about.” For Schneider… Read more »

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It’s Time to Give IOT and Edge Infrastructure the Same Protection IT Resources Get

At the recent Smart Industry 2016 event in Chicago, a colleague told a story that encapsulates some of the challenges I’ve been thinking about with respect to the Internet of… 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 Your Building IoT Ready?

Have you heard this one before? According to Gartner Research, there will be 20.8 billion connected objects by 2020. That’s more things than people on earth. Why does nearly every… Read more »

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Managing Data Privacy and Cyber Security with StruxureOn

In my recent blogs I’ve taken the opportunity to write about the features and benefits of StruxureOn – our new cloud-based service for data center monitoring. This new introduction proactively… 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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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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