Cyber Security

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 can utilities protect themselves against cyber attacks?

The energy industry is attracting the attention of hackers looking to cause widespread disruption. This should worry all of us, as the energy that utilities provide serves as the lifeblood… Read more »

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Industrial cyber security: standards progress, but vulnerability remains

When most people think of cyber security risks, they think of credit card data being stolen by breaches of corporate networks and data centers, but there is an entire other… Read more »

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Cyber Security for Industry and Infrastructure

For many years the traditional information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) systems remained distinct domains managed by different corporate resources, but this paradigm is undergoing a radical change as… 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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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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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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Taking a Holistic Approach to Cyber Security for Pipeline Management Systems

As explained in my previous post about Cyber Security for pipeline management solutions,  security measures should always span an entire organization to be fully effective. OT, IT and physical assets… 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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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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For Operational Technology (OT), Make Cyber Resiliency and Reliability of Operational Process and Assets Your Top Priority

Cyber attacks no longer focus only on stealing credit card numbers from banks. Disruption of core business processes via industrial control systems at manufacturing sites is also on the hacker… 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 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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4 Undeniable Benefits of the Cloud – Part 2 of “Moving to the Cloud”

This is the second blog in a series of three on why and how companies are moving their building security management to the cloud. In my last blog, I discussed… 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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Who Sets Security Standards for the IoT?

As manufacturers across the planet are rushing to ensure that all upcoming products have their Internet of Things (IoT) label while standards are yet to emerge, it is the right time… Read more »

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Cybersecurity Risk Management and Your Preparedness

Cybersecurity Risk Management – Blog Series Part 3 The single biggest threat to cybersecurity – misunderstanding the risks Common cybersecurity misunderstanding number one – Many businesses think the cybersecurity problem… 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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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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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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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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The Seven Pillars of Cyber Defense

Think of all the ways to access your computer systems. The number has increased dramatically now that employees commonly use mobile devices or USB keys to connect. With so many… Read more »

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Why You Need to Apply Network Security Best Practices to Your BMS

As building management systems (BMSs) become more intelligent, collecting information from hundreds if not thousands of devices distributed throughout a building or campus, they are also becoming more susceptible to… Read more »

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For Operational Technology (OT), Make Cyber Resiliency and Reliability of Operational Process and Assets Your Top Priority

Cyber attacks no longer focus only on stealing credit card numbers from banks. Disruption of core business processes via industrial control systems at manufacturing sites is also on the hacker… Read more »

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