Security Management

Functional division of LV installation systems and their architecture: general principles

Once we have clearly identified the main differences between Universal and Functional LV Panels, we will concentrate on the Functional ones. Since we decided that we want an LV Functional Panel,… Read more »

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The right way to choose an LV electrical distribution panel

This series of posts presents what the authors consider as the right way to choose an LV electrical distribution (ED) panel. We will refer only to LV ED panels for… Read more »

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Toward Better Configuration Management for Substation Cybersecurity

Within a substation context, there are multiple types of configuration. One type is specific to a device, such as the number of boards and the configuration of each board. This… Read more »

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Substation Cyber Security: How Vulnerabilities Create Asset Management Challenges

When cyber threats were less of an issue than they are today, the relationship between a utility and a vendor was based on discussions about bugs that could be found… Read more »

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IHSSF Weapons Survey – Summary

Given an increase in violence in the hospital setting and continued attention on hospital security programs, the International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation (IHSSF) recently completed a research project examining… Read more »

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Can physical environment big data make a big difference in your hospital?

Today’s healthcare facility managers face a myriad of challenges. As budgets and headcount shrinks, they are being asked to do more with less. This includes addressing variable operating expenses, managing… 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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A new security precedent fit for a president

A few days ago Omar Gonzalez managed to scale the 8-foot perimeter fence that surrounds 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For those of you who might not recognize that address – that… Read more »

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The Next Age: The 20,000 Ft. View from the Schneider Influencer Summit

In today’s world, it’s easy to focus on the immediate challenges we see before us. Troubles in the Middle East. Tensions rising in Eastern Europe. Viruses we thought we had… 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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Sustainability Embedded in Electrical Equipment

Our planet’s population growth is accelerating.  Its inhabitants are hungry for resources—and electricity is high on the list. Sustainability will be one of the major challenges of our future, and… Read more »

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Top 5 Recommendations for Securing the Data Center Against Cyber Attacks

As I’ve mentioned in recent blog posts, my conversations with end-users about DCIM have included as much discussion about the company’s approach to ensuring customer’s security as they have about… Read more »

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Beware the Unintended Consequences of Government Regulations around Cyber Security

Some big Internet companies made news recently with the announcement that they are urging President Obama to set limits on government surveillance. While on the face of it this may… Read more »

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The Delicate Balance of Reliability and Safety

Reliability and safety are two paramount components of a data center.  At the same time, there is an inherent conflict between the two. High system reliability and performance is often… Read more »

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Lessons from Biology: Why Your Hospital Needs an Autonomic Nervous System

Hospitals are unique environments where we care for our most vulnerable population: patients. We are relatively successful at creating hospital structures that protect patients from powerful forces of nature such… Read more »

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Data Transparency is Vital to World-class Hospitals

In speaking with hospital stakeholders around the world, from C-level executives to operational managers, we find one of the biggest challenges to improving operational efficiency is the sheer complexity of… Read more »

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How mobility, big data, and social media impact the mining and metals industry

I’ve always liked to write articles about trends and their applications in the heavy / process industries. Most of the time, I’ve focused on trends related to automation, process control,… 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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Preventing Fires in the Data Center

A fire, even a small one, can become a catastrophic event in a data center, which is why facility managers should take the necessary steps to prevent such occurrences. Since… Read more »

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Preventing Fires in the Data Center

A fire, even a small one, can become a catastrophic event in a data center, which is why facility managers should take the necessary steps to prevent such occurrences. Since… 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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If You’ve Got a Cloud, We’ve Got a Box For It

As businesses migrate their IT to the Cloud, and as virtualization takes hold, physical IT on the business premises is shrinking, particularly in remote, branch and SME offices. This poses… Read more »

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For Security Systems, 99% Availability May Be No Where Near Good Enough

When you think about the applications that your business needs to be continually available, most likely systems like transaction processing and, these days, even email come to mind. They are… Read more »

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Top 5 Recommendations for Securing the Data Center Against Cyber Attacks

As I’ve mentioned in recent blog posts, my conversations with end-users about DCIM have included as much discussion about the company’s approach to ensuring customer’s security as they have about… Read more »

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The Delicate Balance of Reliability and Safety

Reliability and safety are two paramount components of a data center.  At the same time, there is an inherent conflict between the two. High system reliability and performance is often… Read more »

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IHSSF Weapons Survey – Summary

Given an increase in violence in the hospital setting and continued attention on hospital security programs, the International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation (IHSSF) recently completed a research project examining… Read more »

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Cyber Security for Pipeline Management Solutions in the Digital Era

Safety and reliability of Pipeline Management Systems are paramount and have to be the top priority of all hours, every day. However, as the Oil and Gas sector develops with… Read more »

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Secure Power Solutions Must Be Adaptable to Specific Industry Needs

Ensuring reliable power for mission-critical applications in industry isn’t as simple as offering a range of standard power protection products, even if they are very good products. For many Secure… Read more »

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Hospital Fitness at the 2014 ASHE Annual Conference

Every year, the ASHE Annual Conference is “the event” for healthcare engineers to learn, network, and scope out new products and solutions that might benefit their hospitals. This year is… Read more »

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