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Cybersecurity April 15, 2024

Why is trust becoming such a big issue?

The latest thinking of automation vendors, relating to cybersecurity in the OT environment, indicates trust is an issue.

By Suzanne Gill
Cybersecurity April 9, 2024

Using cybersecurity insights to manage site-level risk and compliance for OT facilities

Organizations can use timely and actionable operational technology (OT) cybersecurity insights to help identify and respond to the latest threats.

By Nav Sharma
Cybersecurity April 2, 2024

The impending impact of CMMC on the DoD supply chain

Cybersecurity maturity model certification (CMMC) and NIST SP 800-171 compliance are crucial for current and future DoD-related opportunities for companies. Understand three certification levels and seven reasons to start now.

By Joe Coleman
Cybersecurity April 2, 2024

Critical infrastructure systems are vulnerable to malware attacks

Engineers and computer scientists show how bad actors can exploit browser-based control systems in industrial facilities with easy-to-deploy, difficult-to-detect malware.

By Joshua Stewart
Cybersecurity March 28, 2024

IT/OT cybersecurity, part 1: Security challenges, trends and methods that don’t work

Cybersecurity is a bigger challenge than ever for information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) networks and many companies aren’t using the right approaches to solve the problem.

By John Clemons, Tim Gellner and Vicky Bruce
Cybersecurity February 29, 2024

Tamper-proof ID tag can authenticate almost anything

MIT engineers developed a tag that can reveal with near-perfect accuracy whether an item is real or fake.

By Adam Zewe
Cybersecurity February 26, 2024

Top 5 Control Engineering content: February 19-25, 2024

The top 5 pieces of content from the past week includes DCS, VFDs and digital transformation.

By Tyler Wall
Cybersecurity February 16, 2024

Artificial intelligence in cybersecurity

The use of artificial intelligence has skyrocketed across almost every industry vertical, and cybersecurity is no different.

By Tyler Wall
Cybersecurity February 7, 2024

How to lower industrial cybersecurity risk: Help from CISA, INL, ARC Advisory Group

Industrial cybersecurity advice from ARC Advisory Group, Cybersecurity and infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Idaho National Lab Cybercore Integration Center aimed to help attendees of the 2024 ARC Industry Leadership Forum.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity February 6, 2024

How to protect and safeguard critical OT infrastructure

Operational technology (OT) is at greater risk from cybersecurity attacks than ever and it requires a good, holistic plan that keeps workers educated and vigilant.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity February 6, 2024

Six best practices for OT cybersecurity

Exploring the complexities of cybersecurity for operational technology can be a daunting task; this article delves into the challenges of IT/OT integration, exposes vulnerabilities, and advocates for a balanced, strategic approach to safeguarding critical infrastructure in the digital age.

By Younes Rashidi
Cybersecurity January 27, 2024

Upgrade cybersecurity now with ODVA; SPE demo simplifies wiring

Networking organization ODVA, governing organization for EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet and other protocols, stepped up cybersecurity efforts and demonstrated single-pair Ethernet (SPE) capabilities.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity December 11, 2023

Secure Remote Access: 5 New Ways to Close the Identity Gap in OT

In this highly interactive webcast and demonstration, Jeff McDaniel, principal security engineer with Airgap, will show how easy it is to close the gap between access and identity for OT. You will come away from this practical webcast with insights on:

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity November 6, 2023

Video: Examining plant floor network security and protection methods

In this virtual training we will discuss some simple ways to help improve control level network security using very economical tools. 

By Control Engineering
Cybersecurity September 27, 2023

Securing OT with IT cybersecurity best practices

With digital transformation comes the need for robust cyber security specific to the OT domain. Looking to the IT domain can offer solutions.

By Lee Carter
Cybersecurity September 26, 2023

Five pillars to improve operational cybersecurity: Do you need essential help?

A operational technology cybersecurity consultant provides advice in a Pack Expo Las Vegas 2023 session and provides more information about how to improve OT cybersecurity. See video.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity September 21, 2023

The importance of keeping OT legacy systems secure

Virtual patching solutions for an operational technology (OT) centered cybersecurity platform is critical for industrial applications.

By Roger Chen
Cybersecurity September 9, 2023

The human role in cybersecurity cannot be underestimated

When it comes to cybersecurity, the role of the human cannot be overemphasized and it is vital all employees have a good understanding of their role.

By Suzanne Gill
Cybersecurity July 22, 2023

Improving digital chip security for semiconductors

Voltage-controlled magnetic random-access memory (MRAM) technology can help enhance security and protect semiconductors and other devices against unauthorized cloning or copying.

By Brian Sandalow
Cybersecurity June 10, 2023

Are you using the available $1 billion to patch critical infrastructure vulnerabilities?

Critical infrastructure organizations need to use the $1 billion in Department of Homeland Security funding to bolster cybersecurity for critical infrastructure vulnerabilities.

By Wayne Dorris
Cybersecurity June 5, 2023

Cybersecurity’s role in improving industrial Ethernet

All devices in a manufacturing facility need cybersecurity as they transmit data through the internet and picking the right network architecture and technology is crucial.

By Martin Rostan
Cybersecurity May 22, 2023

How to protect smart machines from cybersecurity attacks

Smart machines can provide enormous amounts of data and productivity, but they can be more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks. Learn to protect, minimize operational risks in 5 ways.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity April 8, 2023

Why an OT-centered cybersecurity platform is critical for industrial manufacturing

A centralized security management platform plays an important role in avoiding human error by reducing deployment complexity is greatly reduced as a result, flexible authority delegation and more.

By Roger Chen
Cybersecurity April 4, 2023

Control Engineering hot topics, March 2023

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in March 2023 included stories on Microsoft DCOM, edge computing and controllers, new automation technologies, advanced analytics sustainability and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity February 27, 2023

Top 5 Control Engineering content: February 20-26, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week include cybersecurity news, mergers and acquisitions, and neural networks.

By David Miller
Cybersecurity February 23, 2023

How to optimize industrial motor communications, Part 4, cybersecurity

Three thought leaders offer advice on improving industrial motor communications and how cybersecurity helps engineers, in this transcript from an August 2022 webcast. Part 4 discusses how three industrial internet protocols handle cybersecurity and how cybersecurity matters for motor-drive communications. Link to other parts.

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity February 6, 2023

Top 5 Control Engineering content: January 30 to February 5, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week covered Control Engineering hot topics, Microsoft DCOM, system integrator advice and more.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity December 13, 2022

The importance of focusing on cybersecurity for SI projects

Industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity is increasingly important. From the start, involve the right people from operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) to collaborate on OT cybersecurity needs.

By Dan Malyszko
Cybersecurity December 11, 2022

Removing IT/OT barriers to ensure plant floor safety, operational integrity

Securing industrial control systems (ICS) differs from protecting enterprise networking and information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) teams must work toward alignment as cybersecurity threats rise.

By Dino Busalachi
Cybersecurity December 6, 2022

Cybersecurity suite services expanded to improve risk identification, customer support

Eaton is expanding its suite of cybersecurity services and leveraging its partnership with Tenable to improve risk identification.

By Eaton Corporation
Cybersecurity November 17, 2022

Industrial cybersecurity market to reach $43 billion by 2032

Future Market Insights' research indicates the industrial cybersecurity market will grow to $43 billion by 2032.

By Future Market Insights
Cybersecurity November 6, 2022

OT threat detection and research benefits for manufacturers

Operational technology (OT) systems are in more danger than ever of being hacked and manufacturers have to step up their awareness. See four ways the OT cyber attack surface is increasing.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity September 13, 2022

Securing the edge in a manufacturing facility

Manufacturers looking to gather more information at the edge need to have a strong cybersecurity program in place, but not enough do, leaving them at risk. See four ways to increase cybersecurity shields.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity August 29, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: August 22-28, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered 5G, SCADA, programming, cybersecurity advice and more.

By Morgan Green
Cybersecurity August 16, 2022

Nine reasons why ICS/OT infrastructure is insecure

Industrial control system (ICS)/operational technology (OT) infrastructure security is different in many ways from informational technology (IT) security. Nine reasons why the infrastructure is insecure are highlighted.

By Ritesh Srivastava
Cybersecurity August 11, 2022

How cross-domain solutions can protect OT from IT-level attacks

Cross-domain solutions (CDS) can help secure communications between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) domains.

By Larry O’Brien
Cybersecurity August 9, 2022

Assessing ransomware risk in IT and OT environments

Industrial organizations and governments are struggling to get their hands around the complicated cybersecurity issue of ransomware risk

By Dragos
Cybersecurity August 2, 2022

Four cybersecurity technologies, concepts can reduce industrial network risk

Explore the qualities and benefits of zero trust, principle of least privilege and other methods of improving cybersecurity. Four key technologies and security concepts are highlighted.

By Kevin McClusky
Cybersecurity August 1, 2022

Four cybersecurity approaches and strategies for industrial networks

Companies implementing a cybersecurity program need to have a clear agenda and know the tools available. Four approaches and products are highlighted.

By Alan Raveling
Cybersecurity July 27, 2022

What a shields-up approach means for industrial companies

As cyberattacks against manufacturers increase, companies are being advised to raise their shields and pivot toward a zero-trust cybersecurity strategy. Five zero trust elements are highlighted.

By Bill Moore
Cybersecurity July 25, 2022

What’s behind the IT/OT divide?

The IT/OT divide comes from cultural differences, but the gap can be bridged by creating cross-functional teams, open communication and more.

By Dragos
Cybersecurity July 18, 2022

Improving your OT cybersecurity posture

Companies need to ask fundamental questions about where they stand with OT cybersecurity in the short- and long-term to improve their position.

By Kam Chumley and Ben Miller
Cybersecurity July 12, 2022

What critical infrastructure can learn from Conti Ransomware leaks

Attacks on critical infrastructure increased by 3,900% from 2013 to 2020 because of Ransomware gangs like Conti ransomware

By Verve Industrial
Cybersecurity July 11, 2022

Three steps to building an ICS/OT roadmap

Companies realize they need to enhance their cybersecurity footprint, but often don't know how to start. Three steps to building a roadmap are highlighted.

By Dragos
Cybersecurity July 10, 2022

The impact of proposed SEC cybersecurity rules on public companies

In March of 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its cybersecurity rules and regulations. The proposed changes would require reporting of cyber incidents and disclosure of cyber mitigation strategies, both leading to stronger relationships between chief information security officers (CISOs) and board-level decision makers.

By Mathias Mesich
Cybersecurity July 6, 2022

Stronger security systems for smart devices

MIT researchers demonstrate two security methods that efficiently protect analog-to-digital converters from powerful attacks that aim to steal user data.

By Adam Zewe
Cybersecurity May 3, 2022

IDS developed for industrial control systems

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has developed an intrusion detection system (IDS) for industrial control systems (ICS) used in critical infrastructure and manufacturing systems.

By Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
Cybersecurity April 29, 2022

Four benefits of OT endpoint security asset management

How endpoint OT security asset management improves a CISO's ability to deliver measurable and rapid improvements to OT cybersecurity.

By Verve Industrial
Cybersecurity April 26, 2022

Adapting XDR for OT cybersecurity

These five adaptations of traditional IT XDR allow IT security teams to achieve effective and efficient multi-telemetry detection and response in OT environments.

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity April 19, 2022

Six ways to strengthen OT security

When it comes to operational technology (OT), there are frequently missed elements of a strong security program that could leave companies exposed. Six methods to improve are highlighted.

By Erin Anderson
Cybersecurity April 17, 2022

Automated manufacturing cybersecurity risks

There is a strong need to take a fresh look at automated manufacturing with concern to cybersecurity. Three risks and three tips are highlighted.

By Rebecca Jess
Cybersecurity March 29, 2022

Industrial robot utilization requires cybersecurity strategy

Digitalization and AI bring opportunities for robots, but also a degree of cybersecurity risk as more data is gathered and processed all the way from the edge to the cloud and beyond.

By Emmet Cole
Cybersecurity March 16, 2022

Cybersecurity and the human element

The human element is the biggest obstacle when it comes to cybersecurity because people often need to act against their nature to be successful.

By James Richards
Cybersecurity March 9, 2022

More connected industrial workers: How are companies mitigating risk?

With more remote connections to industrial plants and facilities, risk of cybersecurity breaches has increased. What risk mitigation is in place?

By Sid Snitkin
Cybersecurity March 2, 2022

Operational technology risk assessments and cybersecurity principles

Assessing and monitoring the security of operation technology (OT) systems can be aided by conducting an OT cybersecurity threat risk assessment (TRA). An eight-step procedure is outlined.

By Mark Gauvreau
Cybersecurity February 23, 2022

Operational technology risk assessments and security reviews

Protecting key resources and critical infrastructure (CI) is essential to security, public health and safety, economic vitality and our overall way of life.

By Mark Gauvreau
Cybersecurity February 19, 2022

Cybersecurity advice: Micro-segmentation in ICS environments

Examine micro-segmentation as part of a broader cybersecurity architecture, not a replacement for the current cybersecurity architecture. Industrial cybersecurity system micro-segmentation decreases the attack vector on industrial environments, according to a company with a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award product.

By Mariam Coladonato and Dan Schaffer
Cybersecurity February 15, 2022

Structure of IEC 62443

IEC 62443 is the international reference standard for industrial cybersecurity of components and systems developed in conformity with ISA/IEC requirements.

By H-ON Consulting
Cybersecurity February 15, 2022

How a unified operational system helps cybersecurity

Cybersecurity can improve with a unified operational system that integrates multiple pieces of equipment, updates codes and standards, combined with multiple original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and software packages, providing a unified dashboard for the operator, according to a company with a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award product.

By Nelson Meenparambil
Cybersecurity February 11, 2022

Five principles for guiding OT cybersecurity governance

Five principles to establish the right operational technology (OT) cybersecurity governance model for an industrial organization can create a more secure environment.

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity February 4, 2022

Lack of qualified cybersecurity personnel for wastewater facilities

Many water, wastewater, and other critical infrastructure organizations lack OT personnel skilled in cybersecurity and this could be dangerous when facing ransomware attacks such as BlackMatter

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity January 27, 2022

Reducing risk and responding to industrial environment threats

Many industrial organizations want “visibility” or “detection” but aren’t clear on the ultimate objective or how to measure it.

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity January 27, 2022

Cybersecurity-centered systems and fundamentals

For modern industrial control systems (ICSs), cybersecurity involves technologies and user best practices. Four cybersecurity fundamentals are highlighted.

By Damon Purvis
Cybersecurity January 20, 2022

Five steps for OT endpoint security success

Organizations need endpoint security and protection to stop ransomware in its tracks, but also to demonstrate improvement and secure baselines to various stakeholders.

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity January 12, 2022

Hottest topics in industrial cybersecurity for 2021

Analysis of past attacks in the throwback attack series, attacks on operational technology assets, industrial malware, industrial ransomware and physical plant damage beyond computers are among leading topics of industrial cybersecurity interest in 2021.

By Chris Vavra, Gary Cohen, Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity December 31, 2021

Cybersecurity and resilience in manufacturing

Having an OT/IT convergence strategy is essential to OT cybersecurity.

By Jack Smith
Cybersecurity December 22, 2021

Good cybersecurity requires IT/OT convergence

Bridging the gaps between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) can improve performance on the floor and reduce risks to operations.

By Dirk Sweigart
Cybersecurity December 21, 2021

Securing your facility

Many cybersecurity steps are simple, but they must be done

By Leon Grossman
Cybersecurity December 20, 2021

Cybersecurity and IT/OT convergence: A pathway to digital transformation

The history of industrial information technology (IT) set the stage for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digital transformation; keep it safe with cybersecurity best practices.

By Arthur Laszczewski and Chris Whiteford
Cybersecurity December 20, 2021

Cybersecurity and IT/OT convergence: How important is your data?

Manufacturers should take time to delve deeper into the needs and goals of the organization while considering associated risks.

By Brandon Ellis
Cybersecurity December 18, 2021

Bridging the IT and OT gap for a power service company

A power service company and system integrator collaborated to merge information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) to create a secure platform for the power service company’s operations in Chile.

By Carmen Moreno
Cybersecurity December 14, 2021

Cybersecurity and IT/OT convergence: How to prepare your team

As the IT and OT worlds continue to overlap, take time to prepare your team for the impact of IT security on OT applications.

By Thomas Roth and Todd Majors
Cybersecurity December 10, 2021

What OT teams can learn from IT teams

By applying information technology (IT) strategies and organization, operational technology (OT) can monitor and manage cybersecurity measures more efficiently.

By Dino Busalachi
Cybersecurity November 26, 2021

Mitigating cloud security threats

Cloud security has some pretty major flaws such as configuration errors, malware, insider threats, data breaches and even account hijacking

By MJ Shoer
Cybersecurity November 23, 2021

How manufacturers can improve cybersecurity

The rise of Industry 4.0 means there are greater cybersecurity risks and manufacturers and engineering sectors need to take a hard look at what they can do to keep their new systems safe.

By Claire Price
Cybersecurity November 22, 2021

Protecting U.S. critical infrastructure from cyberattacks

Security approaches that uses several layers of defense mechanisms placed in a computer network to defend against malware attacks

By Stephanie Jones
Cybersecurity November 8, 2021

Five levels of cybersecurity in an automated network

Best practices manufacturers can implement to better secure their network in many ways. Five levels of cybersecurity are highlighted.

By Aaron Block
Cybersecurity November 1, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 25-31, 2021

Articles about cybersecurity tactics, Engineers' Choice finalists, digital transformation, embedded systems and system integrators and cybersecurity were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 25-31, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity October 25, 2021

Cybersecurity demands coordinated tactics

Securing operational technology (OT) networks for resiliency against cyberattacks requires coordination between information technology (IT) and OT personnel, and recognition of the differences between the two domains

By Jonathan Shores
Cybersecurity October 25, 2021

Seven questions to ask when choosing an OT cybersecurity solution

Matching individual needs with specific operational technology (OT) cybersecurity solutions can be a difficult task. Seven questions are highlighted to make the process easier.

By Mathias Mesich
Cybersecurity October 20, 2021

Reducing risk and responding to threats in industrial environments

Know the overall objectives of operational technology (OT) cybersecurity and to ensure progress against risk reduction and threat response. Three steps for reducing risk and threat response are highlighted.

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity October 18, 2021

Three ways to ask a CISO for an OT cybersecurity budget

Operational technology (OT) is having a greater role in cybersecurity for manufacturing companies and taking the right approach with the chief information security officer (CISO) is critical.

By George Kalavantis
Cybersecurity October 15, 2021

IT/OT convergence advice, best practices for manufacturers

Cybersecurity experts offer advice and best practices on information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) convergence and how manufacturers can prepare themselves for challenges.

By Suzanne Gill
Cybersecurity October 11, 2021

How to solve legacy OT security challenges

Legacy OT security challenges are overcome by using best practices for visibility architecture and increasing compatibility

By Chris Bihary
Cybersecurity October 2, 2021

OT network security benefits for manufacturers

There are many aspects to an OT network that don’t just fall under the hardware/software umbrella. Physical security and policies and procedures are just as important.

By Matt Lundberg
Cybersecurity September 22, 2021

Three ways IT/OT convergence is critical to industrial cybersecurity success

It has been said many times that IT and OT need to work together, but why is it so important? Here are three day-to-day functions where IT/OT convergence will help with risk reduction and improve your chances of success.

By Rick Kaun
Cybersecurity September 3, 2021

Four key steps to help your organization achieve IT-OT convergence

IT and OT teams often seem like they're in different worlds. To bring true IT security into the OT environment, here are four key steps to help organizations create IT-OT convergence.

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity September 3, 2021

Four key steps to help your organization achieve IT-OT convergence

IT and OT teams often seem like they're in different worlds. To bring true IT security into the OT environment, here are four key steps to help organizations create IT-OT convergence.

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity September 3, 2021

Four key steps to help your organization achieve IT-OT convergence

IT and OT teams often seem like they're in different worlds. To bring true IT security into the OT environment, here are four key steps to help organizations create IT-OT convergence.

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity September 2, 2021

Fearlessly implement cybersecurity at the edge

Edge computing is a growing trend in manufacturing and business. So what exactly is edge computing, and what does it mean for information security?

By Gary Cohen
Cybersecurity August 29, 2021

Takeaways from 2020 ICS vulnerabilities report

Industrial control system (ICS) attacks are increasing and many of them can be performed with little skill required, which should be an alarm bell for many companies. Four preventive options are highlighted

By Ron Brash
Cybersecurity August 27, 2021

Improve legacy critical infrastructure protection

Distributed network protocol 3.0 (DNP3) is a widely-used serial communications protocol for industrial control systems (ICSs) and is becoming a frequent target for hackers.

By Cynalytica
Cybersecurity August 26, 2021

Importance of operational resilience in a threat landscape

Having realistic expectations of addressing a threat and knowing how to respond in an emergency in an efficient way are essential.

By Christina Miller
Cybersecurity August 24, 2021

What to know if conducting business with the U.S. DoD

The cybersecurity maturity model certification and NIST SP 800-171 Department of Defense (DoD) Assessment explained.

By Resiliant
Cybersecurity August 24, 2021

The IT/OT convergence conundrum

Although a lot is being said about the pros and cons of information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) convergence, there is often little appreciation of what companies at different stages in their evolution may need to do.

By Edward Kessler
Cybersecurity August 22, 2021

Managing the costs of OT cyber insurance

Cybersecurity insurance is a major aspect of risk management for many companies as attacks against operational technology increase. Four safeguards against ransomware are highlighted.

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity August 17, 2021

Cybersecurity maturity model certification (CMMC) for the U.S. DoD supply chain

Cybersecurity vulnerabilities and intrusions pose major risks to the Department of Defense (DoD) and its supply chain which is why the DoD is requiring compliance to CMMC

By Resiliant
Cybersecurity August 16, 2021

How the American Jobs Plan could improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity

Provisions within the American Jobs Plan could improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity, but it's the first in many steps needed to make the nation safer from cyber attacks.

By Robert Fairfax
Cybersecurity August 13, 2021

What OT teams can learn from IT strategies and structure

By applying information technology (IT) strategies and organization, operational technology (OT) teams would be able to monitor and manage cybersecurity measures more efficiently.

By Velta Technology
Cybersecurity August 13, 2021

Ignoring cyber risk is dangerous to society and your bottom line

There continues to be a fundamental friction between the estimation of cyber risk and the short-term thinking of today’s quarterly budgetary decisions, which can lead to very bad results during the road.

By Robert Fairfax
Cybersecurity August 11, 2021

Training the next generation of cybercops

University of Houston's program recruits ROTC students as future cybersecurity gatekeepers.

By Sally Strong
Cybersecurity August 6, 2021

Three ways to ensure and optimize cybersecurity maturity

Cybersecurity maturity and optimization are crucial as attacks against operational technology (OT) continue increasing.

By MediTechSafe
Cybersecurity August 5, 2021

Upgrading industrial PC cybersecurity in manufacturing

Cybersecurity attacks against manufacturers and other industrial sites are growing and companies need to develop a cybersecurity plan that protects industrial PCs and other vulnerable targets that, until recently, were not connected to the internet.

By Jeff Winter
Cybersecurity August 3, 2021

How to protect OT/ICS systems from ransomware attacks

Reduce the risk of ransomware attacks on OT/ICS systems by following these prevention tips

By Rick Kaun and Ron Brash
Cybersecurity July 30, 2021

Changing a network security approach

Most organizations rely heavily on security architects to vet products and assemble optimal solutions that align with security, technology, and business requirements, but a different approach is needed in manufacturing facilities.

By MediTechSafe
Cybersecurity July 29, 2021

Companies need to reassess their cyber-physical security risk

Chief financial officers (CFOs) and audit committees need to have a radical reimagining of what cyber-physical security risk means for their organizations.

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity July 23, 2021

Bridging the cybersecurity leadership gap

Cybersecurity challenges requires a different approach to problem-solving because it is a different kind of problem and requires strong leadership at the top.

By MediTechSafe
Cybersecurity July 21, 2021

Cybersecurity education and research institute established

The Northwest Virtual Institute for Cybersecurity Education and Research (CySER) program establishes a cyberoperations research and teaching center at WSU along with University of Detroit Mercy and Mississippi State University.

By Washington State University (WSU)
Cybersecurity July 19, 2021

Manufacturers adjusting to a changing risk landscape

IEC 62443 can hold the answer to enhancing cyber resilience for manufacturers and smart factories as it aims to mitigate risk for industrial communication networks by providing a structured approach to cybersecurity. 

By Paul Taylor
Cybersecurity July 14, 2021

Making computers more secure

Columbia Engineering researchers design new techniques to bolster memory safety.

By Holly Evarts
Cybersecurity July 2, 2021

Cybersecurity management tips for an organization

Having a robust strategy, building organizational engagement, and more importantly and realizing operational excellence are keys to cybersecurity management success.

By Resiliant
Cybersecurity June 23, 2021

How ransomware hackers are trying to bribe employees

A look at how hackers tried to bribe an employee at a major company and the lessons companies can take from this incident.

By Velta Technology
Cybersecurity June 21, 2021

Looking into the cybersecurity future through the past

The past informs the present when it comes to cybersecurity and what we once thought of as fanciful is becoming a reality. What people are willing to do will inform our future.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity June 21, 2021

Differences between local and international cybersecurity standards

Understanding what is required at the local, national and international level when it comes to cybersecurity standards can reduce confusion.

By Massimiliano Latini and Pavel Kromov
Cybersecurity June 16, 2021

Benefits of a multifunction platform for IT/OT security in the age of CMMC

As the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) rolls out, it’s important for manufacturing companies to think more broadly than just CMMC. 

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity June 13, 2021

Unlikely cybersecurity targets are a myth

There is no such thing as an unlikely cybersecurity target and those who believe so are the most vulnerable to a potential attack.

By Dirk Sweigart
Cybersecurity June 6, 2021

Disconnected cybersecurity systems are a myth

In today's modern manufacturing environment, there is no such thing as a "disconnected" system from cybersecurity, and believing systems that are among the most vulnerable.

By Dirk Sweigart
Cybersecurity May 27, 2021

Six steps to an effective cybersecurity plan

Physical security, cybersecurity education, IT/OT separation and outsourcing when necessary are crucial to effective cybersecurity.

By Velta Technology
Cybersecurity May 20, 2021

Six steps for cyberattack incident response planning

Developing a strong cyberattack incident response plan requires a thorough examination of everything from building a response team to actually testing out the plan and ensuring it works.

By Velta Technology
Cybersecurity May 18, 2021

Benefits of OT system management for cybersecurity plans

Operational technology (OT) systems and networks needs to adopt the core elements of information technology system management (ITSM).

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity May 17, 2021

Is your IoT network putting you at risk of cyberattack?

Smart devices are growing in popularity, both at home and in the workplace, but is your IoT network putting you at risk of cyberattack? Here are some steps you can take to minimize risk.

By Claudia Jarrett
Cybersecurity May 14, 2021

Graphene used to make encrypted keys harder to hack

Penn State researchers are using graphene to make encrypted keys harder to crack, which could be used to improve data security and overall cybersecurity initiatives.

By Gabrielle Stewart
Cybersecurity May 13, 2021

Six steps for preventing a cybersecurity attack

It's a matter of when, not if, when it comes to being the target for a cybersecurity attack. Companies can prepare themselves by enhancing IT security and education and knowing their network.

By Velta Technology
Cybersecurity May 7, 2021

Overcome patch, management vulnerabilities in an OT environment

Vulnerability monitoring and assessment are particularly challenging to execute well in operational technology (OT) environments because of the large number of disparate assets.

By Steve McIntosh
Cybersecurity April 29, 2021

Throwback Attack: Lessons from the Aurora vulnerability

A government-sponsored test on whether a cyberattack could inflict real-world physical damage has had major repercussions to this day. See eight steps on how to mitigate a potential cyberattack against your industrial control systems (ICSs).

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity April 29, 2021

SolarWinds’ impact on OT for manufacturers

The SolarWinds cybersecurity attack has had far-reaching effects in many different ways and it will change how operational technology (OT) handles cybersecurity threats.

By Larry O’Brien
Cybersecurity April 27, 2021

Keeping OT environments cybersecure

What can engineers do to protect their processes and plants from cyberattack? Consider these best practices from cybersecurity and manufacturing experts.

By Suzanne Gill
Cybersecurity April 22, 2021

Low-level risk assessment for cybersecurity

Low-level risk assessments are often performed after a high-level risk assessment or, sometimes, conducted on specific plants in order to deeply assess the precise risk estimate of a cyber attack.

By H-ON Consulting
Cybersecurity April 21, 2021

How to protect marine renewable energy devices from cyberattacks

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) created a cybersecurity guidance report for marine renewable energy (MRE) devices to help improve MRE’s resiliency as a reliable source of renewable energy.

By Genoa Blankenship
Cybersecurity April 15, 2021

High-level risk assessment for cybersecurity

A high-level risk assessment is the starting point of an industrial cybersecurity risk assessment in compliance with the cybersecurity lifecycle defined by the international standard IEC 62443 for OT ​​Security.

By H-ON Consulting
Cybersecurity April 13, 2021

Addressing cybersecurity challenges through collaboration

Cybersecurity remains a growing challenge for many, and one way to bring greater awareness to the challenge is through collaboration among public, private and academic institutions. See three lessons to improve cybersecurity.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity April 12, 2021

Creating a threat-informed defense for a facility

A threat scenario is shown to explain how an asset owner can benefit from leveraging diverse data collection using the MITRE ATT&CK for ICS Matrix.

By Jeremy Morgan
Cybersecurity April 9, 2021

Securing OT systems from cybersecurity attacks

As the worlds of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) continue to merge the demand for security measures to protect OT networks is growing.

By David Bean
Cybersecurity April 7, 2021

Secure remote connections

Industrial control systems require secure remote connections. Did the pandemic help IT to understand OT needs and help OT to see IT concerns about cybersecurity and remote access?

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity April 5, 2021

Why cyber hygiene is needed when developing a risk-based cybersecurity approach

A risk-based approach to cybersecurity without basic cyber hygiene leads to many long-term problems for companies that are trying to get their networks safe and secure.

By Jeremy Morgan
Cybersecurity March 26, 2021

Evaluating 2021 cyber threat landscape trends

The new normal due to COVID-19 has made the cyber threat landscape very different and challenging in new ways for operators and consumers. Learn about new trends people should be aware for in 2021.

By Derek Manky and Aamir Lakhani
Cybersecurity March 17, 2021

How to protect embedded systems in OT cybersecurity

Understanding cybersecurity issues in embedded devices is a complicated, ongoing process, but it's well worth doing ... and doing right. Here are a few steps to get you started on the journey.

By Ron Brash
Cybersecurity March 12, 2021

Mitigating OT cybersecurity risks, enforcing best practices

Cybersecurity is becoming a major problem for operational technology (OT) users and can affect people in surprising and unexpected ways. See example and four questions to ask when developing an OT cybersecurity plan.

By MediTechSafe
Cybersecurity March 10, 2021

Five steps to improve OT, ICS cybersecurity awareness in manufacturing

To manage risk in manufacturing plants, it's essential your team understands the potential threats and is appropriately prepared to take necessary actions.

By Verve Industrial
Cybersecurity March 9, 2021

Interoperability best practices, integration, automation, controls

Standardization frameworks encourage more automation interoperability. Interoperability is trying to move from one or a few automation ecosystems into a wider world. See four levels of cybersecurity.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity March 5, 2021

Six reasons why centralized cybersecurity doesn’t deliver value to OT

Cybersecurity is critical for operational technology (OT) systems, but it often doesn't deliver value to the user. See six reasons why and how users can find value and improve overall security.

By Resiliant
Cybersecurity March 3, 2021

Five questions every CISO should ask about OT cybersecurity

Chief information security officers (CISOs) need to know who is involved in operational technology (OT) cybersecurity and should know why they're getting involved in the first place when beginning this journey.

By Verve Industrial
Cybersecurity March 2, 2021

Introducing Industrial Cybersecurity Pulse

Industrial Cybersecurity Pulse is a new website dedicated to educating and informing engineers about the latest challenges and developments relating to cybersecurity, information/operational technology (IT/OT), the cloud and more. Check it out!

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity February 25, 2021

Four ways to converge physical and cybersecurity in industrial operations

Physical and cybersecurity are becoming more intertwined, which can create potential headaches between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). See four ways organizations can make the convergence easier.

By Jonathan Lang
Cybersecurity February 10, 2021

Students learn to secure cyber networks, data

USC’s Intelligence and Cyber Operation Program (INCO) is designed to train students to proactively identify cybersecurity issues with an interdisciplinary approach.

By Avni Shah
Cybersecurity February 9, 2021

Water treatment facility targeted by hackers

An unknown hacker tried to hack into the Oldsmar, Fla., water treatment system in the latest high-profile cyberattack against critical infrastructure facilities.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity February 8, 2021

Companies expand partnership to secure industrial, critical infrastructure networks

Bayshore Networks and GE Digital announced an expansion to their partnership to integrate their solutions to address the growing need to secure industrial and critical infrastructure networks.

By Bayshore Networks
Cybersecurity February 7, 2021

Secure, remote industrial access

How can remote access be granted to industrial facilities without increasing cybersecurity risks? Hardware, software and services are helping resolve the secure remote access challenges for manufacturers.

By Jacob Chapman
Cybersecurity February 4, 2021

What OSHA can teach us about cybersecurity

Many of the lessons and changes applied to manufacturing after the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 can be applied to the growing challenge manufacturers face with industrial cybersecurity. Three keys to improving cybersecurity are highlighted.

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity December 10, 2020

Cybersecurity strategies need to be measured

A model developed by MIT researchers explains how countries that retaliate too much against online attacks can make things worse for themselves, which can help others develop a more effective and measured strategy for the future.

By Peter Dizikes
Cybersecurity December 8, 2020

More answers on what you need to know about cybersecurity

Below are more answers resulting from a cybersecurity webcast on cybersecurity architectures, training, best practices, risk assessment and trends based on research.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity December 7, 2020

Cybersecurity and the rise of IT-enabled OT systems

Information technology strategies can help combat new cybersecurity vulnerabilities and deploy a solid cybersecurity program for operational technology use for industrial control systems, remote terminal units, supervisory control and data acquisition systems, as Industrial Internet of Things deployments increase.

By Steven Seiden, Leighton Johnson, Dr. Tony Barber, Djenana Campara
Cybersecurity December 2, 2020

Secure-by-design industrial products are increasingly important

Cybersecurity often is the catalyst for control system modernization, and industrial and critical infrastructure sector projects increasingly specify automation products and systems that are designed as cybersecure.

By Larry O’Brien
Cybersecurity November 25, 2020

Resiliency, security needed for digital automation future

Manufacturing's resilience has been strong during the COVID-19 pandemic, and cybersecurity needs to be stronger than ever as the nature of work changes.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity November 20, 2020

What you need to know about cybersecurity

A webcast on cybersecurity offers information about cybersecurity architectures, training, best practices, risk assessment and trends based on research.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity November 8, 2020

Think again about measurements, logic, actions

A world with a pandemic can benefit from control engineering to measure, apply logic, and take actions in a transparent way, then repeat and optimize. Cybersecurity, remote connections, digital twins, artificial intelligence, training, and challenging old information all can help.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity October 26, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Oct. 19-25, 2020

Articles about heated face masks designed to inactivate coronaviruses, evaluating IoT wireless protocols, cybersecurity, human and artificial intelligence, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Oct. 19-25, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Cybersecurity October 22, 2020

IIoT’s growing impact on ICS cybersecurity

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will have the strongest impact on operational technology/industrial control system (OT/ICS) cybersecurity.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity October 19, 2020

Bureaucracy is an obstacle for cybersecurity projects

The inability to stop production and a bureaucratic approval process are the main barriers that inhibit industrial cybersecurity projects according to a report by Kaspersky.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity October 14, 2020

Building automation, oil and gas facilities are top cybersecurity targets

There has been an increase in the percentage of systems attacked in the oil and gas industry as well as the building automation sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity September 30, 2020

Technology hikes supply chain security, reduces risk

Regardless of how companies buffer supply chain gaps, they need to be cybersecure.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity September 30, 2020

Physical security: picking up the pieces

Businesses need to be ready to pick up where they left off when it comes to enhancing physical security measures in the wake of COVID-19.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity September 29, 2020

Self-erasing chips stop counterfeit electronics

Self-erasing chips developed relies on a material that temporarily stores energy, changing the color of the light it emits and it self-erases in a matter of days or erased on demand.

By Kate McAlpine
Cybersecurity September 21, 2020

System integrators need to comply with international cybersecurity requirements

System integrators need to ensure that their automation systems are IEC 62443-compliant to adhere to international cybersecurity requirements.

By Massimiliano Latini
Cybersecurity September 19, 2020

Securing the IoT by design

There are several preventive measures that can be taken to secure industrial processes against cyber attacks.

By Joe Lomako
Cybersecurity September 16, 2020

Four tips on cybersecurity risk assessments

It’s hard to know how much cybersecurity spending is enough to lower risk to an acceptable level. What is enough and what else is needed? A cybersecurity risk assessment (CRA) can help. Four tips are highlighted.

By Erez Ravina and Atanu Niyogi
Cybersecurity September 10, 2020

Manage data flow to boost cyber-physical system performance

A suite of algorithms has been developed to improve the performance of cyber-physical systems by balancing each component’s need for data with how fast that data can be sent and received.

By Matt Shipman
Cybersecurity September 9, 2020

Remote teams struggling to mitigate cybersecurity risks

More workers are forced to work remotely due to COVID-19, but cybersecurity prevention and training is lagging behind.

By NordVPN Teams
Cybersecurity September 7, 2020

Assessing cybersecurity today to improve tomorrow’s manufacturing operations

Simple strategies to achieve the most value from cyber risk assessments. Three strategies for operations technology (OT) teams to avoid while performing assessments are highlighted.

By Alexandre Peixoto and Rick Gorskie
Cybersecurity September 5, 2020

Cybersecurity tips from subscribers

Cybersecurity advice about process, technologies, people (internal) and external threat resulted from the Control Engineering 2020 Cybersecurity Research Report. See graphic of technologies and services used online.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity September 3, 2020

How COVID-19 is affecting manufacturing cybersecurity

Forward-looking organizations realize they need the same level of aggressiveness to protect assets as they have done for COVID-19 risk reduction. A three-pronged strategy on securing essential infrastructure is highlighted.

By John Livingston
Cybersecurity August 19, 2020

Many industrial control systems can be exploited remotely

More than 70% of industrial control system (ICS) vulnerabilities disclosed in the first half of 2020 can be exploited remotely according to a report by Claroty.

By Claroty Research Team
Cybersecurity August 12, 2020

Hackers exploiting COVID-19 anxiety in targeted phishing scams

Phishing assaults are becoming increasingly targeted, and the COVID-19 pandemic is one of many ways hackers are exploiting people and small companies.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity August 11, 2020

Virtual private network holes elevate remote access risk

Virtual private network (VPN) implementations that give remote access to operations technology (OT) networks have received more focus due to COVID-19 since more people are working remotely.

By Claroty Research Team
Cybersecurity July 27, 2020

Securing manufacturing in a crisis situation

With remote work becoming the new norm, it's important to stay on top of cybersecurity measures. Check out some tips on how to protect yourself from a cyber attack.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity July 25, 2020

Looking to secure remote operations

The Forge Cybersecurity Suite offers passive asset discovery, active asset discovery, risk monitoring capabilities, and more to ensure that remote operations remain secure.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity July 21, 2020

Secure remote access to survive and thrive

Secure remote access (SRA) is being used to help companies survive and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are some new challenges that need to be considered. See 10 remote access best practices.

By John Almlof
Cybersecurity June 13, 2020

Phishing heads COVID-19 themed attacks

COVID-19 cyber attacks are on the rise according to researchers, and they are getting very sneaky in their methods.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity June 13, 2020

Cybersecurity requires asset updates

Age of existing assets are the greatest cybersecurity risk factor, 67% in 2020 Control Engineering research, up from 46% in 2016. This is of particular concern with remote operations increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and manufacturing starting up again.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity June 9, 2020

Integrated control system can reduce cybersecurity risk

Integrated control and safety systems can simplify a strong cybersecurity posture for a manufacturer.

By Sergio Diaz
Cybersecurity June 9, 2020

New ways to attack Industry 4.0

Researchers warn smart manufacturing users and security professionals to be aware of advanced hackers.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity June 7, 2020

DDoS attacks on rise due to COVID-19

The amount of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) rose at the beginning of this year primarily on education and municipal sites.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity June 6, 2020

Validate security effectiveness and reduce exposure to potential risk

Without evidence of security performance, companies may be left with significant cybersecurity risk, according to a Mandiant research report.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity June 3, 2020

Protecting worker safety, security after COVID-19 pandemic

Expectations for workers are changing due to the pandemic. Even after they return to work, it's going to be different, and companies need to adjust to this and ensure their workers are cyber-secure.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity May 29, 2020

Public input requested on use of GPS for cybersecurity risk management

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plans guidance to strengthen cybersecurity of related tech, in response to White House order.

By National Institute of Standards and Technology
Cybersecurity May 1, 2020

Tech giants unite in COVID-19 smartphone effort

Google and Apple unveiled a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of COVID-19 while protecting user privacy.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity April 30, 2020

IT-OT collaboration needs context and increased visibility

Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) are continuing the process of working together, but non-manufacturing types need more understanding and context of what is happening on the plant floor for this merger to work.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity April 23, 2020

Industrial network security best practice advice

Four myths about networking and cybersecurity related to operations technology (OT) systems are highlighted as well as three pillars for securing industrial networks.

By Alvis Chen
Cybersecurity April 15, 2020

Associations unite for COVID-19 recovery

ASIS International and the Security Industry Association have partnered to help in the coronavirus recovery and rebuilding efforts. The primary focus areas will begin with business operations and advocacy, and content development and coordination.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity April 14, 2020

COVID-19 cyber attacks and scams are a global issue

Cyber criminals are taking advantage of COVID-19 forcing the majority of employees forced to work remotely. Europol published an updated threat assessment after monitoring the impact of coronavirus and cybercrime.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity April 13, 2020

Coronavirus phishing attacks rising

With many employees working remotely, there is a rise in COVID-19 themed email phishing scams. Follow these suggested tips to keep companies safe.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity April 11, 2020

Comprehending OT supply chain risk

It's crucial to recognize the possible threat from a supply chain risk and understand best practices to avoid them.

By Dave Weinstein
Cybersecurity April 9, 2020

Hackers using COVID-19 to find OT, IoT gaps

Employees working from home need to be vigilant about phishing campaigns using COVID-19 related content to find gaps and organize cyberattacks.

By Alessandro Di Pinto
Cybersecurity March 26, 2020

Five tips to stay cyber secure when working remotely

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more people are working remotely to avoid getting sick. Consider these five tips to make sure your cyber hygiene is as strong as your physical hygiene.

By Rishbha Bhagi
Cybersecurity March 24, 2020

COVID-19 and remote access challenges for manufacturers

Companies are starting to offer protected remote access at no cost in response to the large number of employees working remotely due to coronavirus.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity March 20, 2020

Remote security working in world of coronavirus

With a large influx of people working remotely due to COVID-19, cybersecurity is becoming a topic of concern for employers and their employees.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity March 18, 2020

Good cybersecurity hygiene needed by businesses

Good cybersecurity hygiene is needed as more employees move toward working out of their homes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity March 12, 2020

Coronavirus used in malware attacks

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is being used as bait in email spam attacks on targets around the globe by using the promise of information or a cure to fool people.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity March 6, 2020

Understanding ransomware attacks and the people behind it

Ransomware and cyber attacks are increasing against manufacturers. Some are trying to understand more about the people behind them and their motives, which are not always clear.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity March 6, 2020

Manufacturers realize cybersecurity risks, taking steps

Manufacturers are realizing the potential dangers from cyber attacks, but that is the first step in the process. Learn how companies are trying to combat this growing problem and what more they can do.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity February 25, 2020

Boosting security of process control chemical systems

Wayne State University researchers have developed a process designed to enhance cybersecurity of chemical process control systems.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity February 21, 2020

Strategies for securing the supply chain

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is working on a publication designed to reduce cybersecurity risks to the supply chain.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity February 19, 2020

Mixed-signal hardware security thwarts electromagnetic attacks

Purdue researchers created hardware technology that uses mixed-signal circuits to embed critical information to stop potential computer attacks.

By Chris Adam
Cybersecurity February 15, 2020

Cybersecurity tool uses machine learning, honeypots to stop attacks

Purdue University researchers have developed a cybersecurity tool designed to stop cyber attacks using supervised machine learning, unsupervised machine learning and rule-based learning

By Chris Adam
Cybersecurity February 7, 2020

Six answers on industrial cybersecurity effectiveness

Industrial automation cybersecurity has a lot of confusion and questions. Learn about changing trends and effective best practices for operations technology (OT) providers.

By Massimiliano Latini
Cybersecurity January 19, 2020

Method developed for more secure communication

Researchers at Bar-Ilan University showed long sequences with certified randomness are far from being truly random, which may lead to a new type of classified secure communication between two parties where even the existence of the communication itself is concealed.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity January 17, 2020

Utilities benefit from a risk-based approach to cybersecurity

Utilities need to embrace a risk-based approach to cybersecurity to match the existing basic-level of compliance. See four issues utilities are currently facing.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity January 15, 2020

University receives cybersecurity training grant

LSU Engineering received a $3.4 million National Science Foundation Scholarships for Service (SFS) grant, which will fund 21 scholarships in cybersecurity training over a five-year period.

By Louisiana State University
Cybersecurity November 22, 2019

Extend IT security to the plant floor

Cybersecurity is critical as information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) converge, which is the first step in making the transition between the two sides almost seamless.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity November 14, 2019

IT/OT collaboration must drive digitalization

Converging information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) does little to move end-to-end digitalization forward. What makes digitalization really work is successful OT and IT collaboration and an understanding of what the other side needs. See 7 tips for smarter OT and IT collaboration.

By Michael Bingaman
Cybersecurity November 6, 2019

The human asset in cybersecurity

Cybersecurity education: Human hacking, the compromise of human assets, is often the first step in a cybersecurity breach, even if or when technical systems are secure. Help coworkers and those in your supply chain to avoid being the entry point for attack. Learn attack methods, five attack types and five prevention techniques.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity November 5, 2019

Companies benefit from sharing cybersecurity efforts

A study from North Carolina State University finds that companies that disclosed cybersecurity risk management efforts before and after a competitor’s breach fared the best.

By Matt Shipman
Cybersecurity October 27, 2019

Physical and cybersecurity are converging

The distinction between digital and physical cybersecurity is vanishing, and the risks associated with connectivity have accelerated the need for new security protections in all aspects of manufacturing.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity October 18, 2019

Strengthening nuclear security with computational tools

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are using machine learning methods that could allow scientists to strengthen nuclear security by giving scientists on the ground vital information quickly.

By Adam Malecek
Cybersecurity September 26, 2019

Manufacturers need to prepare for cyber threats

While industry sectors are starting to automate their processes to help increase productivity and efficiency and this requires greater connectivity, which also can expose systems to attack. 

By Suzanne Gill
Cybersecurity September 10, 2019

How to manage IoT cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a report to help organizations better understand and manage the cybersecurity and privacy risks associated with IoT devices throughout the devices’ lifecycles.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity August 29, 2019

Industrial controller cybersecurity best practices

Protecting industrial automation systems is easier when controllers offer built-in cybersecurity features.

By Benson Hougland
Cybersecurity August 27, 2019

Four access control plan benefits for manufacturers

A solid access control plan can reduce the complexity in securing these critical spaces and protect a manufacturing facility and reduce potential theft as well as overall costs.

By Lynn Wood
Cybersecurity August 22, 2019

Program developed to train cybersecurity professionals

The University of Arkansas received a five-year, $4.63 million award from the National Science Foundation to recruit, educate and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity August 13, 2019

University receives award to prepare students for cybersecurity jobs

West Virginia University has received a $1 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to prepare students for cybersecurity jobs with a project called "ACCESS," which cultivates cybersecurity experts through scholarships and education.

By Jake Stump
Cybersecurity August 7, 2019

Industrial cybersecurity strategies need a new approach

While Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is enhancing the digital and connectivity capabilities of industrial control systems (ICSs) it has also opened the floodgates to serious cybersecurity risks.

By Suzanne Gill
Cybersecurity August 2, 2019

Modern technologies solve industrial cybersecurity needs

Emerging condition monitoring software and devices have ingrained cybersecurity that helps bring legacy systems and processes into the modern era.

By Edward Valencia
Cybersecurity July 26, 2019

Anomaly detection can prevent cyber attacks

Understanding what devices a manufacturer has working on a network is important, but the next step is to take that knowledge and move toward prevention.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity July 25, 2019

Cybersecurity alliance’s founding members announced

The International Society of Automation (ISA) named the founding members of its Global Cybersecurity Alliance (GCA): Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Claroty, and Nozomi Networks.

By International Society of Automation (ISA)
Cybersecurity July 19, 2019

Researchers trying to make smart meters hackproof

Researchers at the University of British Columbia are developing an automated program in development aimed at improving the security of these devices and boosting security in the smart grid.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity July 15, 2019

Benefits of operationalizing cybersecurity

Operationalizing cybersecurity requires balancing protection and response with cyber attacks, which are not predictable, and trying to stay ahead of the people who are actively looking to cause problems.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity July 12, 2019

Global cybersecurity alliance to accelerate education, readiness

The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance will assemble a global group of stakeholders from end-user companies, control system vendors, information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) infrastructure providers, system integrators, and other industry affiliates.

By International Society of Automation (ISA)
Cybersecurity July 11, 2019

Understand the cyber-attack lifecycle

A cyber kill chain provides a model for understanding the lifecycle of a cyber attack and helps those involved with critical infrastructure improve cybersecurity policies, technologies, training, and industrial control system (ICS) design. Learn 8 steps of one model.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity July 11, 2019

Teaching the next generation of cryptographic hardware experts

Aydin Aysu, a researcher at North Carolina State University, is offering a course to prepare students to make use of next-generation cybersecurity tools such as cryptography hardware.

By Matt Shipman
Cybersecurity July 8, 2019

Report finds cybersecurity basics still not being practiced by companies

A report from Applied Risk found that cybersecurity basics are still not being practiced by many companies, which is increasing their risk for potential attacks as untested technologies continue proliferating critical infrastructures.

By Applied Risk
Cybersecurity June 22, 2019

Automated cryptocode generator developed to secure web browsers

An MIT-developed cryptographic system, Fiat Cryptography, is helping better protect a user's data and better secure websites by automatically generating optimized cryptography code that’s usually written by hand.

By Rob Matheson
Cybersecurity June 20, 2019

Researchers developing tools to encourage users to change passwords

Researchers from the University of Bath and Goldsmiths investigate whether a device that plugs in to a PC and signals to a user to change their password could help improve cybersecurity.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity June 18, 2019

Providing security data in context for operators

Operators need to know the quality of that data within the proper context as the volume of data continues to increase to better prepare them for potential cyber attacks and other malicious events.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity June 9, 2019

Financially motivated cyber attacks against manufacturers rising

The 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) found the motive for cyber attacks against manufacturers are largely financial in nature, though espionage also remains a strong motivator for some.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity June 1, 2019

Effective cybersecurity needs compliance and dedication

Cybersecurity regulations are deliberately written to be forward looking and encourage best behaviors and companies should be vigilant in their compliance to prevent potential cyber attacks.

By Anne Klebsch
Cybersecurity May 27, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 20-26

Articles about sustainable cybersecurity architecture, robot ethics, data historian history, location intelligence and the IIoT, and online education benefits were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity May 25, 2019

Method developed to detect cyber attacks with compressed network traffic

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and Towson University are developing a method on compressing network traffic as much as possible without losing the ability to detect and investigate malicious activity.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity May 18, 2019

Securing electric substations

Researchers at Georgia Tech have discovered that side channel signals and bolts of lightning from distant storms could one day help prevent hackers from sabotaging electric power substations and other critical infrastructure.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity May 12, 2019

Industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity advice, best practices

Catastrophic disaster can be the result of insecure industrial cybersecurity practices. See six common entry points for attacks, eight cybersecurity precautions for attacks by type, and four steps to improve.

By Osman Ahmed, Asad Rehman, Ahmed Habib
Cybersecurity May 11, 2019

Build secure networks as strategic backbones for digitalization

Operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) organizations need to collaborate and build networks that effectively use digitalization to create an efficient and secure environment for companies.

By Donald Mannon
Cybersecurity May 8, 2019

Improving cybersecurity in robotic automation

Cybersecurity in the robotics field is still immature, but manufacturers are starting to realize the vulnerability that connected robots and automation equipment creates in their operations.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Cybersecurity May 8, 2019

Utility sector strengthens security posture with rise of IIoT

Cybersecurity: Improving evaluation and certification methods, security audits, and testing provide a foundation for evaluating Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices.

By Anil Gosine
Cybersecurity May 7, 2019

Sustainable cybersecurity architecture for safety instrumented systems

Choosing a safety instrumented system (SIS) architecture for defensible operation across the product lifecycle is one of the first decisions an organization must make; know these applicable standards.

By Sergio Diaz and Alexandre Peixoto
Cybersecurity May 2, 2019

Safety and security need to be the backbone for manufacturing

Safety and security have become more interconnected as systems once immune to cyber attacks are now becoming vulnerable in an increasingly interactive world.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity May 1, 2019

Proactively manage industrial cybersecurity by automating risk monitoring

Cover story: A refinery installed a modern distributed control system (DCS) that automates and manages industrial cybersecurity tasks to reduce manual workflows, potential human error and overall company costs.

By Marty Isreals
Cybersecurity April 30, 2019

Group develops system to legally test GPS spoofing vulnerabilities in automated vehicles

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has developed a cybersecurity system to test for vulnerabilities in automated vehicles and other technologies that use GPS receivers for positioning, navigation and timing.

By Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
Cybersecurity April 18, 2019

Research team looking to secure blockchain from cyber attacks

A research team from Northern Arizona University is looking to secure blockchain with an architecture that is compatible with cloud-based solutions.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity March 4, 2019

Manufacturing and process facility trends: Cybersecurity

Technology update: Cybersecurity remains a key concern for manufacturing and process facilities as explained in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity February 19, 2019

The human aspect of cyber-physical systems

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are exploring and developing the human aspect of cyber-physical systems (CPSs), which are going to have a larger role in society.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity February 18, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 11-17

Articles about plant cybersecurity management, the 2019 Engineers' Choice awards, control systems, future plant design, and the System Integration Giants were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity February 17, 2019

Cybersecurity needs understanding and communication to work effectively

Communication and understanding between the information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) department needs to improve as cyber attacks become more prevalent.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity February 8, 2019

Proactive management of plant cybersecurity

A combination of information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) cybersecurity expertise is required to manage the influx of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and increased IT/OT integration.

By Camilo Gomez
Cybersecurity February 2, 2019

Understanding the impact of mobile cyberattacks

Manufacturers' technology often wasn’t built to suppress today’s digital threats and with the advent of mobile technology in the workplace, it is easy for hackers to exploit this soft weaknesses.

By Rich Scott
Cybersecurity February 1, 2019

Best practices to help improve system security

With increased connectivity between different devices, it’s critical to implement additional cybersecurity measures.

By Ken Robinson
Cybersecurity January 26, 2019

Untrained staff is the biggest cyber risk, according to report

A report by ESI ThoughtLab, in conjunction with Willis Towers Watson, found untrained staff is the greatest cybersecurity risk to business and a vast majority of companies know this.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity January 22, 2019

Combining IT, OT with a security operations center

Companies can help prevent cyberattacks by forming a security operations center (SOC) to get the information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) on the same page with the same goals.

By Heather MacKenzie
Cybersecurity January 20, 2019

Next-gen IoT security project being developed

Researchers have received a $750,000 grant to develop and commercialize a next-generation cryptosystem capable of protecting IoT devices from cybersecurity attacks through advanced authentication procedures.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity January 1, 2019

Axio 360 by Axio Global 

Axio’s NIST-CSF risk management platform is designed to establish a baseline for cyber readiness, and provides companies a risk reduction roadmap for ongoing improvement.

By Axio Global
Cybersecurity December 11, 2018

Digital transformation is crucial for automation, mobility, industrial workforce education

Digital transformation is vital for companies, but a clear business path and plan is needed to make it viable.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity December 9, 2018

Playing catch-up with cybersecurity

Cybersecurity risks need help from contracts and insurance beyond technologies, policies, and people. Pretending cybersecurity risks aren’t there isn’t on any list of best practices.

By Mark Voigtmann
Cybersecurity December 8, 2018

Digital transformation needs a solid cybersecurity plan

Companies looking towards a digital transformation need cybersecurity and they need everyone–not just IT–to take responsibility to make it work.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity November 2, 2018

Securing software

Chicago, Ill.—Software security is based on how applications and operating systems are constructed, but security also involves plant procedures, building security, and employee education, among other things, according to key software vendors at National Manufacturing Week, March 3-5, here. Proper software security measures are "very scarcely implemented," according to Dirk Rouffaer, Schne...

By Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief,
Cybersecurity November 2, 2018

Study finds USB drives are a security threat to process control systems

Honeywell research finds exposure through portable USB drives can cause serious disruption to process facilities through unsecure or malicious files.

By Honeywell
Cybersecurity October 25, 2018

Standard specifying capabilities for components released

ISA/IEC 62443-4-2-2018, published by the International Society of Automation (ISA), sets forth security capabilities that enable a component to mitigate threats for a given security level without the assistance of compensating countermeasures.

By International Society of Automation (ISA)
Cybersecurity October 18, 2018

Pharmaceutical manufacturers need to consider cybersecurity for PLCs

Pharmaceutical manufacturers need to enact cybersecurity measures for their programmable logic controller (PLCs) to prevent hackers from causing damage that could have major repercussions for the health of the company's customers.

By Steven Pflantz, PE, CRB
Cybersecurity October 13, 2018

Easier machine connectivity, communications add value

Think again: Machine tool original equipment manufacturers, automation suppliers to OEMs, system integrators, and end users at IMTS 2018 find value in easier machine connectivity, communications, and visualization. Are you watching others or participating?

By Mark T. Hoske, content manager, CFE Media
Cybersecurity October 12, 2018

How to use multi-factor authentication to protect a network

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a technique that, when implemented properly, can be an efficient deterrent from cyberattacks, but heed these additional precautions to prevent information from being compromised.

By Dan Capano
Cybersecurity October 10, 2018

How to design secure remote-controlled operations

Six tips can help with cybersecurity and remote-controlled or remote-monitoring applications for industrial control systems (ICSs).

By Tom Gilbert, Blue Ridge Networks
Cybersecurity September 26, 2018

Cybersecurity standard specifies capabilities for control system components

The ISA/IEC 62443-4-2-2018 standard provides the cybersecurity technical requirements for components that make up an IACS, specifically the embedded devices, network components, host components and software applications.

By International Society of Automation (ISA)
Cybersecurity September 25, 2018

Method to protect power grid from cyber attacks developed

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have developed a method that could protect the power grid from cyber attacks.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity September 15, 2018

Cybersecurity experts to oversee data security produced by Large Hadron Collider

Researchers from Indiana University’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) will oversee the security of data produced by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

By Ceci Jones, Indiana University
Cybersecurity September 10, 2018

Understand network security: public key encryption and industrial automation

Remove unnecessary fear, take a proactive approach to network security as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to rapidly expand.

By Nate Kay, P.E., MartinCSI
Cybersecurity August 31, 2018

Efficient security for cloud-based machine learning

MIT researchers have developed an encryption method that secures data used in online neural networks without dramatically slowing their runtimes, which could be useful for cloud-based neural networks and other applications that use sensitive data.

By Rob Matheson, MIT News Office
Cybersecurity August 30, 2018

IIoT cybersecurity for connected robots

Manufacturers are leveraging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology to generate insightful robotic data, which makes maintenance easier, but it also increases cybersecurity risks.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Cybersecurity August 27, 2018

Control system simulator teaches operators how to thwart hackers

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have developed a simulator to help operators of chemical processing plants better understand the security issues of industrial control systems (ICSs). Future versions are being planned to simulate electric power grids, treatment facilities, and other manufacturing facilities.

By John Toon, Georgia Tech University
Cybersecurity August 13, 2018

Benefits of DCS for Hybrid Industries versus Conventional PLC Approach: Your questions answered

Webcast presenters Jerry Espy, Frank Prendergast, and Jerry Bartlemay answered questions about topics such as cybersecurity risk, the emergency of the IIoT, and component and module integration.

By Jerry Espy, Frank Prendergast, Jerry Bartlemay, Schneider Electric
Cybersecurity August 4, 2018

Three steps for performing an ICS security audit

Companies looking to protect an industrial control system (ICS) should audit their assets, network, and data flows to better determine how safe a system is, and what more needs to be done.

By Emmett Moore III, Red Trident; Jeff Bates, PTC
Cybersecurity August 1, 2018

IIoT: Connecting industrial intelligence

Industrial internet can help operations and production be intelligent, high-efficiency, and flexible. Industrial network cybersecurity can help protect the industrial control system (ICS). Tools are available to enhance interoperability of real-time data transmission.

By Aileen Jin, Control Engineering China
Cybersecurity July 23, 2018

Cybersecurity and safety plans require proactive, different approach

Experts at the Honeywell User Group (HUG) Americas conference encouraged companies to be proactive and think outside the box when deploying and implementing cybersecurity and safety solutions to protect manufacturing systems.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity July 19, 2018

Embedded vision finds new uses in security and surveillance applications

Embedded vision technology is advancing security and surveillance capabilities in a number of different ways.

Cybersecurity July 16, 2018

Importance of IIoT safety and connectivity

Cybersecurity can make or break a manufacturing enterprise with the advent of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and can have a major effect on safety systems, which are often considered the last line of defense for a manufacturing company.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity July 15, 2018

European consortium aims to improve IoT security, interoperability

International: A European consortium is to begin working on Brain-IoT, a framework to improve the interoperability and security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Actuation and control are among areas of concern.

By Rene Millman, Vinelake
Cybersecurity June 22, 2018

Local data center can serve a local cloud

Technology Update: Smart data management may include keeping a data center on location as part of a cybersecurity strategy, for manufacturers, aviation, defense, and other applications. An example shows how.

By Keith Petoske, Future Tech Enterprise Inc.
Cybersecurity June 15, 2018

Double interest in cybersecurity

Think Again: Convergence of cybersecurity efforts from operational and information technology specialists is creating extra interest, encouraging investments, changes in policies and procedures, and training.

By Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering
Cybersecurity June 9, 2018

Six best practices for implementing and securing IIoT products

The practice of “securing by design” can help companies protect against potential cyber attacks on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) products.

By Jalal Bouhdada, Applied Risk
Cybersecurity June 2, 2018

Security’s role in manufacturing automation

Advances in technologies can lead to great things for the manufacturing automation sector, but security has to play a key role as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 become more important.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity May 30, 2018

Technology, cyber attacks are both on the rise

General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and the NSA, addressed the advances of technology and cyber attacks at the PAS 2018 Optics conference and said cybersecurity is a new domain and is vulnerable because security is an afterthought.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity May 26, 2018

Spending on security-related services expected to rise in 2018

Global spending on security-related hardware, software, and services should hit $91.4 billion in 2018, an increase of 10.2% over 2017. Discrete manufacturers are expected to be among the biggest spenders.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity May 23, 2018

Operators lack ability to secure critical infrastructure from security threats

Almost 60% of executives at critical infrastructure operators said they lack appropriate controls to protect their environments from security threats, but many are planning to increase spending for industrial control system (ICS) security measures in the near future.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity May 9, 2018

Manufacturing, healthcare industries biggest targets of security attacks

Verizon's annual data breach report revealed manufacturing and healthcare were the biggest targets of hackers and over half of the data breaches were aimed at small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

By Chris Middleton, Vinelake
Cybersecurity April 21, 2018

Federal grants awarded to boost cybersecurity research

Seven organizations earned over $5.6 million in federal money to develop new tools to help researchers better understand and counter cyberattacks.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity April 19, 2018

Survey: Senior executives not confident in cyber protection

While company executives are aware of cybersecurity's importance, few are confident in their ability to prevent a potential cyber attack, according to research by Marsh and Microsoft.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity April 14, 2018

Learn how to stay ahead of cyber attacks

Use a risk-based approach to minimize risk against cyber attacks, especially for critical infrastructure facilities and industries.

By Ken Modeste, UL
Cybersecurity April 13, 2018

Threat intelligence is a critical organizational need

Cover story: Continuous threat intelligence collection, analysis, and optimization can help organizations improve cybersecurity measures.

By Anil Gosine, MG Strategy+
Cybersecurity April 11, 2018

Internet and manufacturing event announced

The 2nd Annual Internet of Manufacturing Midwest conference in Chicago from June 6-7, 2018, is designed to bring business and technical executives from leading manufacturers to share best practices, case studies, and to inspire new revenue opportunities.

By Internet of Business
Cybersecurity April 11, 2018

Eight ICS cybersecurity tips for a hyper-connected world

Cover story: Implementing a cybersecurity strategy against internal and external threats are key steps toward securing an industrial control system (ICS).

By Keith Mandachit, Sean Creager, and Jay Steinman, Huffman Engineering Inc.
Cybersecurity April 6, 2018

Understanding industrial control systems security basics

Cover story: It’s critical to implement an in-depth cybersecurity plan to help protect industrial control systems (ICSs) against a cyber attack. Identify threats, vulnerabilities, standards, and documents.

By Sunil Doddi
Cybersecurity April 3, 2018

Industrial cybersecurity standard published

ISA/IEC 62443-4-1-2018, Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems Part 4-1: Product Security Development Life-Cycle Requirements, specifies process requirements for the secure development of products used in industrial automation and control systems (IACS).

By International Society of Automation (ISA)
Cybersecurity April 2, 2018

What can the IIoT do?

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) enhances manufacturing operations by enhancing connectivity, equipment management, monitoring production, and customer relationships. Nine additional IIoT benefits are highlighted.

By John Clemons, Maverick Technologies
Cybersecurity March 31, 2018

Manufacturing needs to be proactive with security, safety

A targeted attack on a safety system has made it clear the manufacturing industry as a whole needs to be vigilant and ready for future malicious cybersecurity attacks because they will come.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity March 25, 2018

Advice on securing the Industrial Internet of Things

Industry and utility companies need to develop new strategies to mitigate and manage cyber risks according to an IBM report, which has set recommendations for securing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Chris Middleton, Vinelake
Cybersecurity March 22, 2018

Number of ICS devices connected to internet increases, raising security concerns

The number of industrial control system (ICS) devices connected to the internet has increased according to a report, and it raises some concerns about secondary and ancillary devices connected to the ICS that could be compromised.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity March 14, 2018

Endpoint security best practices white paper released

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) announced the publication of the Endpoint Security Best Practices white paper, which is designed as a reference point to implement countermeasures and controls they need to ensure the safety and security of Internet of Things (IoT) endpoint devices.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Cybersecurity March 12, 2018

Cyber hub for manufacturing launched in Chicago

The Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute (DMDII) announced today the launch of a "Cyber Hub for Manufacturing" with $750,000 in seed funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

By Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute (DMDII)
Cybersecurity March 11, 2018

Detecting and preventing potential cyberattack moves

Before most "final" attack success or failures, there is a whole series of often forgotten or unseen steps or plays that took place and users can take steps to prevent them from happening or, at the very least, slow them down.

By Robert Albach, Cisco
Cybersecurity March 7, 2018

Implementing analytics for Big Data applications with PC-based control systems

Control engineers can use PC-based control systems to take advantage of Big Data analytics to help them make real-time insights for their companies in the Internet of Things (IoT) era.

By Daymon Thompson
Cybersecurity March 3, 2018

The importance of cloud security

Moving to the cloud still provides many challenges for manufacturing organizations to overcome, but smooth transition is possible and definitely without fear provided companies take security seriously.

By Goran Novkovic
Cybersecurity February 21, 2018

Tool developed to detect website security breaches

A tool has been designed by researchers at the University of California San Diego to detect when websites are hacked by monitoring the activity of email accounts associated with them.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity February 18, 2018

Asset management’s role in ICS security

Most industrial control system (ICS) networks were designed and implemented before the advent of cyber crime, and the availability of automated asset management capabilities, which makes it difficult to assess risk and apply effective defenses. Three major pain points for users are highlighted.

By Dana Tamir, Indegy
Cybersecurity February 14, 2018

Advancing to IIoT means back to security basics

Manufacturers may see advantages to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0, but the backbone of their plant, the control system, wasn't built with cybersecurity in mind, and many companies aren't addressing this potentially serious issue.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity February 13, 2018

Reducing the human attack surface

Humans are the weak link when it comes to cybersecurity and have a wide potential attack surface for hackers, but companies can take steps to reduce this problem by remaining consistent in their security policies. Six personnel shortcomings and three solutions are highlighted.

By Jeff Lund, Belden
Cybersecurity February 13, 2018

Companies announce collaboration to advance cybersecurity for power management technologies

Eaton is collaborating with UL to advance cybersecurity for power management technologies across industries, which is intended to establish measurable cybersecurity criteria for network-connected power management products and systems.

By Eaton Corporation
Cybersecurity February 8, 2018

Alarm management: 6 hazards, 4 strategies

Alarm management in an IIoT world: Correlation and classification of industrial process control alarms before the operator sees them vital for safety, speed, and efficiency. Networking and advanced software tools help.

By Shashidhara Dongre and Manoviram Rath, L&T Technology Services
Cybersecurity February 5, 2018

Avoid alarm overload with consolidation and escalation

Take steps to improve supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) alarm management and avoid alarm overloading.

By Travis Cox, Inductive Automation
Cybersecurity February 4, 2018

Industrial cybersecurity adoption moving slowly

Even though cybersecurity incidents across the globe are increasing, industrial companies are not moving quickly to adopt measures to protect their data and operations according to a report by LNS Research. Three solutions are highlighted.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity January 30, 2018

Cyber incidents add to downtime costs

Cyber incidents can add to downtime costs in a big way if there isn't a solid cybersecurity plan in place to mitigate the worst effects.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity January 30, 2018

Survey finds divided vision of human-machine partnerships’ future

Research by Dell Technologies and Vanson Bourne found that many industry leaders agree they need to transform to become more automated and integrated, there is a sharp divide on whether this is a good or bad thing for the future and what it will mean for their employees and their bottom line.

By Dell Technologies
Cybersecurity January 22, 2018

Create a secure network for shop floor devices

Operations technology (OT) environments consist of many devices using different protocols and different languages. This can cause a security risk if plant operators don’t take steps to mitigate the risk and create awareness for everyone on the plant floor.

By Gabe Authier, Tripwire
Cybersecurity January 21, 2018

Smart Factory applications in discrete manufacturing

The Smart Factory is helping discrete manufacturers by providing real-time interactions of people, machines, assets, systems, and things that collectively enable processes to govern themselves through machine learning and cognitive computing.

By Daniela Previtali, Wibu-Systems AG
Cybersecurity January 18, 2018

IoT cybersecurity needs to be improved

Manufacturers and government officials recognize the need for improved cybersecurity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, but more work needs to be done.

By John Grimm, Thales e-Security
Cybersecurity January 17, 2018

Government-funded ICS technology heading to commercial market

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) released an industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity solution via its Transition to Practice (TTP) program technology, the sixth marketplace transition in the last six months.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity January 16, 2018

Three reasons to perform an industrial control system assessment

Industrial control systems (ICSs) are under attack as frequently as corporate administration systems and users can prevent these attacks with an assessment that takes stock of what a company has, who has access, and what changes have been made.

By Brendan Quigley, Cross Company
Cybersecurity January 12, 2018

Companies awarded for dedication to safety culture

Honda of Canada won the Rockwell Automation's Manufacturing Safety Excellence Award along with U.K.-based equipment builder A.M.P Rose.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity January 7, 2018

Taking secure steps against counterfeits and piracy

Researchers have developed printed 3-D microstructures instead of 2-D structures, such as holograms, to improve counterfeit protection, which has increased over the past several years.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity January 5, 2018

Consequence-driven engineering needed for critical systems and processes

Consequence-driven engineering (CCE) provides organizations with the steps required to examine their own environments for high-impact cybersecurity events/risks; identify implementation of key devices and components that facilitate that risk; and develop concrete protections.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity January 2, 2018

Protecting against combosquatting attacks

Combosquatting, which tricks users into visiting domains that contain familiar trademarks with different or additional words, has become a growing problems and can adversely effect users.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity December 22, 2017

How to find an APT attack against a network

Advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks against critical infrastructure are on the rise and companies and users need to learn how to find anomalies in their network and be proactive before serious damage can be inflicted.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity December 20, 2017

Bringing safety and security together for process control applications

It is important to understand the interaction between safety and security in process control applications to make better overall decisions.

By Dr. Alexander Horch, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH
Cybersecurity December 15, 2017

Cybersecurity: Have a game plan

A proactive cybersecurity approach requires diligence and flexibility.

By Will Aja, Panacea Technologies
Cybersecurity December 14, 2017

Small business owners not concerned about cybersecurity threats, according to report

Small business owners, according to a report by Paychex, don't fear cyber attacks the way larger companies do and they lack the protections a larger company might have installed. Five cybersecurity best practices are highlighted.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity December 7, 2017

Finding common ground in IT/OT convergence

The interconnection of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is a source of new opportunities and challenges. With increasingly automated and robotic supply chains, manufacturing and engineering companies are becoming more connected, but this exposure to external data flows inevitably leads to new risks.

By Robert Wakim, Stormshield
Cybersecurity November 30, 2017

Deep packet inspection benefits for industrial automation and control systems

Deep packet inspection (DPI) of traffic is needed to secure an industrial automation and control system (IACS) to understand specific protocols and apply filters to fields and values that matter to control systems.

By Sunil Maryala
Cybersecurity November 26, 2017

RFID tags used to improve safety, reliability at plant

An initiative to improve access control and mustering generated improvements using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags improved plant safety and efficiency for Chevron Oronite.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity November 24, 2017

Seven tips for enhancing plant cybersecurity

Companies can't prevent all cyber attacks from occurring, but simple best practices such as enforcing security policies, strengthening physical security, and controlling network access with device profiling will go a long way to lowering the risk of an attack.

By Scot Wlodarczak
Cybersecurity November 19, 2017

Six ways to protect an industrial network from malware

Malware can go undetected for months and even years inside an industrial network. Companies can protect themselves by educating their workers and ensuring their firewalls are configured properly.

By ISSSource
Cybersecurity November 16, 2017

Ensuring OT cybersecurity

Cybersecurity breaches that affect operation technology (OT) systems and devices that monitor and manipulate much of the world around us have real-world health and safety consequences if they are compromised and companies need to catch up.

By Timothy Zimmerman
Cybersecurity November 15, 2017

IT and OT convergence a major focus for companies

Information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) need to converge to make the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) work, but manufacturers still struggle with making it work. The 2018 ARC Advisory Group Forum is planning on addressing the topic and other cybersecurity issues.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity November 14, 2017

Five cybersecurity predictions for 2018

Nozomi Networks listed five ICS security predictions for 2018 such as increased information technology (IT) integration and potential cybersecurity challenges.

By Nozomi Networks
Cybersecurity November 14, 2017

Industrial mobile robot safety standards on the forefront

Mobile robot standards are evolving to keep up with the rapid developments on the plant floor and to help ensure workers and companies are safe going forward.

By Tanya M. Anandan, RIA
Cybersecurity October 29, 2017

Three cybersecurity changes that manufacturers should implement

As connectivity increases, so does the level of sophistication in cyber attacks against manufacturers and other industries. Three security recommendations for manufacturers are highlighted.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity October 24, 2017

Power grids facing cybersecurity threat

Energy companies in the United States and Europe are facing an increased number of cybersecurity attacks that could leave lasting damage if successful and they need to find ways to remedy the issue before it happens.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity October 11, 2017

Stopping industrial control system network threats

Threats to the industrial control system (ICS) network infrastructure are at an all-time high and the sophistication of these are easy for perpetrators because of its aging infrastructure, lack of security planning/design, and minimal focus to protect ICS assets.

By Robbie Peoples, Cross Company
Cybersecurity October 4, 2017

Three elements of a modern HMI for improved operations

Cover Story: Advancements in human-machine interfaces (HMIs) lead to increased productivity, simplified graphics configuration, and mobility.

By Camilo Fadul and Cindy Scott
Cybersecurity September 26, 2017

Cybersecurity for robots weakening as automation grows

Robotics sales are growing across the globe, but cybersecurity isn't following suit according to research reports.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity September 20, 2017

Cyber attacks against manufacturers rising, according to report

Cyber attacks against manufacturers are occurring more frequently, according to a report by NTT Security, and the level of sophistication is also increasing.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity September 17, 2017

IoT developers working on addressing potential cybersecurity issues

As governments start to contemplate legal responses to Internet of Things (IoT) security flaws, companies are beginning to contemplate changing the way they handle cybersecurity.

By Antony Savvas, Vinelake
Cybersecurity September 16, 2017

Ransomware taking aim at manufacturing companies

A ransomware called Defray has been used to target manufacturing and technology companies as well as healthcare and educational facilities.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity September 13, 2017

Firewall functions and roles for company security

Firewalls continue to represent core elements in the segmentation of networks and therefore are an essential part of any security strategy with respect to network security.

By Tobias Heer; Oliver Kleineberg
Cybersecurity September 9, 2017

Researchers concerned about cyber attacks against 3-D printers

Security researchers have demonstrated that it is possible for hackers to make undetectable changes to 3-D printed parts that could introduce defects along with potential safety risks, which could be problematic for medical and manufacturing applications.

By Rene Millman, Vinelake
Cybersecurity September 7, 2017

Standards group creates draft report on updating critical IT, OT infrastructure

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a technical draft report that is designed to will help organizations perform a step-by-step analysis to identify those critical parts of a system that must not fail or suffer compromises to information technology (IT) or operations technology (OT).

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity September 2, 2017

IT security converging with the ICS industry

As industrial control systems (ICSs) are attached more frequently, operators are looking to information technology (IT) to help them understand the issue and create best practices to help prevent future attacks.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity September 2, 2017

An integrated network for Industrie 4.0

System integration via the cloud makes networking at the production level easy and secure by vertically integrating management and systems as well as providing a security function for Industrie 4.0.

By Haruyaki Otani
Cybersecurity August 3, 2017

Acquisition of cybersecurity company completed

Honeywell has completed its acquisition of Nextnine, a privately-held industrial cybersecurity company, which will be integrated into Honeywell's existing cybersecurity division.

By Honeywell
Cybersecurity August 3, 2017

Security measures need to measure up to sophisticated attacks

Security needs to be improved in order to combat attackers getting more and more dangerous and skilled each day, demonstrated by the attack on Ukraine in December 2016.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity July 29, 2017

Industrial sites, companies at risk to sophisticated ransomware

A new version of ransomware, called Petya, is attacking companies and countries across the globe and is being compared to, yet more severe than WannaCry.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity July 18, 2017

Ramifications of global cyber-attacks: A focus on small business

Cyber crimes are not only affecting big business, they are increasingly targeting small businesses, non-profits organizations, and public health and safety organizations that are more vulnerable.

By Anil Gosine, MG Strategy+
Cybersecurity July 17, 2017

Security a major priority for Industrie 4.0

With the industry on the cusp of adopting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or Industry 4.0, security has to be a part of it.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity June 30, 2017

Implementing robotic automation solution tips

If implemented strategically and accordingly to the company's specific needs, robotic automation can position a company for long-term improvements and success.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Cybersecurity June 28, 2017

Smarter, connected networks add complexity

Enterprises need a combination of operations technology's (OT's) reliable data and information technology's (IT's) and innovation to become a smart, connected enterprise that will embrace and profit from the digital transformation.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity June 23, 2017

Cyber espionage the cause for most companies’ security breaches

A report by Verizon indicates that most security breaches against companies are cyber espionage with the intention to steal valuable company secrets.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity June 21, 2017

IT/OT convergence needs conflict resolution from both sides

Information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) are very different organizations that have begun to converge and they must start resolving their issues. Three tips for reducing potential conflict are highlighted.

By Katherine Brocklehurst
Cybersecurity June 18, 2017

Companies need to make time for cybersecurity

Cyberattacks are growing and becoming more prevalent and manufacturers have to make time for cybersecurity to try and prevent potential attacks.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity June 14, 2017

Use of industrial microcontrollers: webcast questions answered

More answers are outlined below from the live audience Q&A in the June 8 webcast, “IIoT webcast series 2017: Sensing and control at the edge: microcontroller kits."

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity June 13, 2017

The importance of cybersecurity in industrial robots

For end users of industrial robots, cybersecurity needs to be a business priority in order to protect the company from hacking that can cause safety issues or defects that lose the company money.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Cybersecurity June 7, 2017

Automation group hires cybersecurity expert as managing director

Marty Edwards, a cybersecurity expert and director of the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), has been hired as the managing director of the Automation Federation.

By International Society of Automation (ISA)
Cybersecurity May 29, 2017

Fighting for holistic IT, OT security

Integrated cybersecurity solutions are still a long way off because of a lack of expertise and a lack of solutions that don't address the integration between information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) departments.

By Thomas Nuth
Cybersecurity May 19, 2017

Few companies have clear IIoT vision, according to survey

A survey by the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) network showed that fewer than two percent of large corporations have a clear vision for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Sooraj Shah, Vinelake
Cybersecurity May 11, 2017

Benefits of two-factor authentication for manufacturing companies

Two-factor authentication can provide manufacturers with an extra layer of security, but the process should not be cumbersome or time-consuming if a user's identity needs to be established quickly.

By Dirk Sweigart
Cybersecurity May 10, 2017

Companies need to formulate a cybersecurity plan

Cybersecurity has made significant strides in terms of companies' awareness, but there is still a long way to go, according to experts at the SANS ICS Security Summit.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity May 10, 2017

Cybersecurity risk spikes with mingling of operations and IT technologies

Resources available to learn about cybersecurity frameworks; receive alerts, advisories and reports.

By Ken Hans
Cybersecurity May 9, 2017

Industrial robotic systems vulnerable to cyberattacks

Industrial robotic systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks according to research from information technology (IT) security company Trend Micro.

By Sooraj Shah, Vinelake
Cybersecurity April 29, 2017

Develop safety through security

Safety implications of security often end up overlooked and companies need to learn how to assess, manage and mitigate risks for industrial security.

By Lee Lane
Cybersecurity April 25, 2017

IIoT security a major concern, according to survey

Companies see the enormous upside the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has to offer, but they are united in their concern about a major security breach.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity April 18, 2017

Designing security for robots

Robots are becoming more affordable and practical for everyday solutions, but the need for robust security is also important, according to security firm IOActive.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity April 16, 2017

Cybersecurity attacks on IIoT infrastructure expected to increase in 2017

A survey by security company Tripwire found that 96% of IT security professionals expected attacks on critical Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) infrastructure segments such as energy, utilities, government, healthcare, and finance.

By Rene Millman, Vinelake
Cybersecurity April 9, 2017

Determining insurance’s role for cybersecurity incidents

Cybersecurity is one thing, but figuring out where insurance fits into the big picture is not so simple these days with cyber-physical attacks becoming more sophisticated.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity April 7, 2017

Encryption system developed to hide private information from database queries

Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Stanford University have developed an encryption system designed to disguises users' database queries so they reveal no private information.

By Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office
Cybersecurity April 5, 2017

Learning tough lessons from ICS attacks

A security incident can cause damage to brand reputation, loss of competitive advantage, legal or regulatory non-compliance issues, considerable financial damage, and harm to the environment and community.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity April 4, 2017

Three steps for securing your IoT system

Companies looking to improve their Internet of Things (IoT) system should consider who they do business with and take proactive steps to ensure there aren't any potential security breaches.

By George Smyth, Vinelake
Cybersecurity April 1, 2017

Protect sensitive systems by taking them offline

Manufacturers need to understand their process and disconnect the “crown jewels" to protect their systems from serious damage.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity March 22, 2017

Energy and fourth industrial revolution happening at same time

Ulrich Spiesshofer, chief executive of ABB, said the fourth industrial revolution and the energy revolution are happening at the same time and how their changes are impacting one another as well as the workforce in profound ways.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity March 19, 2017

Lessons and advice from the Ukraine cyberattacks

Ukraine has been hit with two major cyberattacks on their critical infrastructure in the last year-and-a-half. First steps of the attack were executed through the HMI. Operators saw the mouse point moving in front of them, and they had no control of it. A cybersecurity expert and investigator explains the attack and what this means for industrial security as a whole.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity March 13, 2017

Fighting advanced DDoS attacks

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) and industry to research and develop approaches to DDoS detection and mitigation, which are becoming more sophisticated.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity March 9, 2017

Safety requires cybersecurity

Technology Update: If it isn’t secure, it isn’t safe. Cybersecurity vulnerabilities represent additional failure modes and safety incidents not factored into traditional safety assessments. Consider safety when creating a business justification for cybersecurity risk assessments.

By John Cusimano
Cybersecurity March 8, 2017

Industrial security threats to watch out for in 2017

Industrial security threats such as IoT botnets, critical infrastructure vulnerabilities, and black market supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) exploits are industrial security concerns that should be on the radar in 2017.

By Jalal Bouhdada
Cybersecurity March 4, 2017

Cybersecurity framework updated

A draft update to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity provides details on managing cyber supply chain risks, clarifies key terms, and introduces measurement methods for cybersecurity.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity February 27, 2017

Current issues in industrial cybersecurity

Ransomware is as loathsome as it sounds; programmable logic controllers (PLCs) seen as likely targets.

By Kevin Parker
Cybersecurity February 24, 2017

ICS attacks rise in 2016, according to report

A report by IBM Managed Security Services said that industrial control systems (ICS) attacks with the largest rise coming from brute force attacks on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity February 21, 2017

Derive value from IIoT data

Collecting data from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) isn't enough; companies need to know what to do with it. They also need safeguards to ensure that the data they're processing isn't breached.

By Eric J. Byres
Cybersecurity February 14, 2017

Building an ICS cybersecurity ecosystem

Companies, governments, and vendors need to develop a cyber ecosystem that encompasses more than just the four walls of their organization to help mitigate a threat that becomes more sophisticated every single day.

By Anil Gosine
Cybersecurity February 13, 2017

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 6-12: Engineers’ Choice, multivariable control, SCADA/HMI cybersecurity, more

Articles about the Engineers' Choice winners, multivarable control concepts, SCADA and HMI cybersecurity, five VFD questions to ask, and what to expect from Industrie 4.0 were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 6-12. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity February 1, 2017

Daniel Capano, Diversified Technological Services, joins Control Engineering editorial advisory board

Daniel Capano, the owner of Diversified Technological Services Inc., of Stamford, Conn., joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in February.

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity January 30, 2017

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 23-29: IIoT advice, TSN and real-time Ethernet, successful MES implementation, more

Articles about the IIoT and manufacturing, TSN and real-time Ethernet networking, successful MES implementation strategies, hot Control Engineering topics, and five VFD questions were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 23-29. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity January 29, 2017

Bridge the IT, OT gap by bringing IT into acceptance testing

Cybersecurity should be part of an industrial control system (ICS) or manufacturing application's acceptance test and information technology (IT) resources should be involved to help ensure a successful implementation.

By Dirk Sweigart
Cybersecurity January 25, 2017

Companies need to change focus, mindset on IIoT security

There are ways for companies to get an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) project focused while overcoming the security challenges, but it requires a culture change and a different mindset.

By Eric J. Byres
Cybersecurity January 24, 2017

Tips for a successful MES implementation strategy

Manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions require a great deal of planning and testing to be successful and it requires everyone on the shop floor to be on the same page.

By Sathiyanarayanan Ramanathan, Maverick Technologies
Cybersecurity January 23, 2017

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 16-22: TSN and real-time Ethernet, reusable PLC code, hot Control Engineering topics, more

Articles about TSN and real-time Ethernet networking, reusable PLC code advantages, hot Control Engineering topics, five VFD questions, and robotics software for the next generation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 16-22. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity January 22, 2017

Smart devices aren’t necessarily secure

With the increasing adoption of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices for critical infrastructure operations, users need to realize that just because a pervasively connected device is labeled "smart" doesn't mean it's "secure."

By Katherine Brocklehurst
Cybersecurity January 16, 2017

IIoT security requires a holistic approach

Enhanced intelligence and fast delivery are key drivers for further investment in IIoT, but as the technology is still in relative infancy, security is a rising concern as more objects communicate with each other via the Internet.

By Jalal Bouhdada
Cybersecurity January 16, 2017

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 9-15: Control panel design, choosing a control system platform, choose the best controller, more

Articles about good control panel design, choosing the right control system platform, choosing the best controller, the 2016 System Integrator Giants, and a universal Internet of Things (IoT) language were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 9-15. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity January 14, 2017

What does time-sensitive networking and real-time Ethernet data mean for the future of industrial systems?

Avnu Alliance members explain how real-time communications enabled by Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) will strengthen the future of industrial systems.

By Todd Walter, Ludwig Leurs, Anil Kumar, Paul Brooks, Bogdan Tenea, Paul Didier
Cybersecurity January 11, 2017

Industrial Internet of Things lab opened

National Instruments announced the opening of the NI Industrial IoT (IIoT) lab at its Austin headquarters. The lab’s operational focus includes areas such as microgrid control and communication, advanced control for manufacturing, and asset monitoring for heavy equipment.

By National Instruments
Cybersecurity January 9, 2017

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 2-8: Control panel design, achieving operational excellence, 2016 SI Giants, more

Articles about good control panel design, achieving operational excellence, the 2016 System Integrator Giants, SCADA and industrial automation, and robotics software were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity January 6, 2017

Manufacturers are slow in adopting Industrie 4.0 into their operations

Many manufacturers in the U.S. and the United Kingdom aren't adopting Industrie 4.0 because they don't realize its potential and don't see how it will improve their overall revenue according to research from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

By Freddie Roberts
Cybersecurity January 2, 2017

Incorporating cybersecurity awareness into OT

Using cyber situational awareness platforms to enhance control system personnel needs to be part of a greater design goal and should act as an invisible layer for an operations technology (OT) environment. Here are four tips for cybersecurity situational awareness, and six responses to zero-day threats.

By Anil Gosine
Cybersecurity December 27, 2016

Monitoring a growing network by tracking data trends

Audit and compliance rules dictate data must be true to ensure processes and systems are running to the height of their performance capabilities. It can also help manufacturers predict future trends by tracking historic data.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity December 23, 2016

Manufacturing executives concerned about cybersecurity protection

Manufacturing executives lack confidence their assets are protected from external threats, a study by Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI).

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity December 20, 2016

IT, OT teams need to keep manufacturing systems running

Security professionals on the information technology (IT) and the operations technology (OT) sides of the house have to truly understand the main goal, which is keeping the manufacturer’s systems up and running at all times.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity December 19, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 12-18: Engineers’ Choice finalists, 2017 SIY winners, 2016 SI Giants, more

Articles about the Engineers' choice finalists, 2017 SIY winners, the 2016 System Integrator Giants, DCS/PLC action items, and intelligent automation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 12-18. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity December 16, 2016

Gathering Big Data analytics through network monitoring

Big Data analytics allow manufacturers to make smarter and better decisions and improve their operations and network monitoring can play a key role.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity December 13, 2016

Test beds for smart manufacturing: Affordable, accessible, innovative, collaborative, connected

The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) is working on test-bed demonstrations, which can help analyze optimization, energy efficiency, safe and sustainable production, and improved supply chain connectivity. The Coalition’s efforts include toolkits for smart manufacturing deployment, and open, advanced platforms, analytics, controls, and sensors. See related RCEP webcast.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity December 10, 2016

Interoperability specification for IIoT launched

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and Profibus & Profinet International (PI) announced an interoperability specification between CC-Link IE and Profinet.

By CC-Link Partner Association
Cybersecurity December 5, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 28 to December 4: Process automation systems, Engineers’ Choice finalists, robotic programming advancements, more

Articles about process automation systems, the Engineers' Choice finalists, robotic programming advances, SCADA/HMI cybersecurity, and IoT control system optimization were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 28 to December 4. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity December 3, 2016

A new niche for AppliedAutomation

Stories in the December issue of AppliedAutomation focus on risks associated with cybersecurity, real-time process optimization, and motion control features that compare drive-based and controller-based automation.

By Jack Smith
Cybersecurity November 26, 2016

Ensuring SCADA/HMI cybersecurity

Critical industries, such as chemical, energy, transportation, and water/wastewater depend on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems for daily operations. Strengthening weaknesses in these systems must be a priority and is a shared responsibility.

By Mariam Coladonato, Phoenix Contact USA
Cybersecurity November 26, 2016

Secure the first mile for IIoT

Securing the first mile for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) requires users to connect data from operational systems to the information technology (IT) environment.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity November 20, 2016

Design cybersecurity plan for an automation project from the beginning

In the future, automation environments will need a cybersecurity plan designed from the beginning, which means companies will have to think about the process differently.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity October 18, 2016

Industrial application platform for SCADA packages

Inductive Automation's Ignition v7.9 is designed to improve security, performance, and ease of use for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) packages.

By Inductive Automation
Cybersecurity October 13, 2016

EC: MELSEC iQ-R Programmable Automation Controller

Machine & Embedded Control — PLCs, PACs, industrial PCs: The MELSEC iQ-R PAC is Mitsubishi Electric’s revolutionary controller that delivers significant enhancements in the area of machine performance, engineering ease of use, maintenance simplicity, sophisticated security, and quality. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalist.

Cybersecurity October 13, 2016

EC: Allen-Bradley Stratix 5950 Security Appliance

Network Integration — Ethernet hardware: The Allen-Bradley Stratix 5950 security appliance uses Adaptive Security Appliance firewall and FirePOWER technology to identify, log or block potentially malicious traffic and enhance plant-floor security. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Winner.

Cybersecurity October 13, 2016

EC: Cisco Industrial Ethernet 1000 Switch

Network Integration — Ethernet switches: The Industrial Ethernet 1000 switch is a small form-factor, lightly managed switch designed for rugged environments meeting specific needs of industries such as machine building, manufacturing, smart cities, and more. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Winner.

Cybersecurity October 13, 2016

EC: Bedrock Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS.500)

Power — Energy, power protection, UPS: The first IIoT-enabled cyber secure, standalone lithium ion battery based UPS for industrial control applications. Powerful onboard electronics enhance battery performance, manage embedded cyber protection and enable secure Ethernet. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalist.

Cybersecurity October 13, 2016

EC: PlantTriage v13 to monitor and diagnose plant control loops

Software — Data analytics, diagnostics: The PlantTriage software, based on ExperTune technology, monitors plant control loops 24 hours a day, diagnosing issues, and prioritizing opportunities for improvement. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalist.

Cybersecurity September 23, 2016

System Integration case studies Webcast: Questions answered

More answers about system integration case studies, the topic of a Sept. 22 Webcast, are provided by the speaker. Topics include risks, design standards, and communication protocols.

By Joe Martin
Cybersecurity September 12, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 5-11: Ladder logic, safer process facilities, stepper motors, more

Articles about ladder logic, safer process facilities, stepper motors and closed-loop technology, small-scale automation projects, and SCADA cybersecurity were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 5-11. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity September 10, 2016

Modular subracks and components for plugging different sized boards

Pixus Technologies' modular subracks and components are designed for plugging various sized boards and the extruded rails feature tapped holes and optional extensions for IEEE injector/ejector latches.

By Pixus Technologies
Cybersecurity September 1, 2016

Network monitoring and the IIoT

The risk of a potential cyber attack is going to increase as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) becomes more widely adopted. Greater awareness and cooperation is needed to head off those risks before they become a reality.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity August 30, 2016

SCADA cybersecurity in the age of the Internet of Things

Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems’ traditional role is changing as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to take a larger role. SCADA systems were not originally designed for cybersecurity and plants need to adjust to this new reality.

By Ed Nugent, Mike Ratte
Cybersecurity August 27, 2016

Network monitoring groups forge partnership

SCADAfence agreed to partner with Gigamon to provide a joint cybersecurity solution to bring manufacturers additional visibility and detection capabilities and monitor the industrial environment.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity August 26, 2016

Cybersecurity advice for the Industrial Internet of Things

Organizations recognize that information created by connecting intelligent things and industrial control systems (ICS) to the enterprise business systems is achieving greater visibility, but achieving this requires a seamless and secure flow of information.

By Mike Hannah
Cybersecurity August 25, 2016

Companies concerned about IoT skill shortage

A recent report indicates that many companies are worried that their staff lack the skills and understanding to use the Internet of Things (IoT).

By Nicholas Fearn
Cybersecurity August 22, 2016

Using wireless to gain a network and data monitoring edge

Gaining access and data from areas previously inaccessible allows for greater knowledge and visibility of what is going on throughout the manufacturing enterprise.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity August 20, 2016

Study suggests companies are adopting IoT technologies without realizing the benefits

Businesses are increasingly adopting Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, even if some don’t yet truly understand the benefits they can bring to their company, according to a survey by Strategy Analytics.

By Doug Drinkwater
Cybersecurity August 18, 2016

Virtualization benefits for manufacturers

Virtualization growth in manufacturing is continuing as more end users are taking advantage of the cost benefits it offers such as increased efficiency, reduced costs, and better security.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity August 14, 2016

Tips for secure remote access

Remote access will become an even more vital element as the industry becomes more open and connected and secure communications can be a constant if the right steps are taken.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity August 11, 2016

Of network redundancy and PID control

Ethernet, industrial networks, fieldbus, and PID control remain major topics for automation experts.

By Jack Smith
Cybersecurity August 10, 2016

Fundamental security features and risk analysis for industrial assets

Analyzing and mitigating security risks for industrial assets is imperative to preventing a data breach.

By Matt Newton
Cybersecurity July 18, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, July 11-17: Natural gas flowmeters, Industrie 4.0 and MES, binary-coded decimals, more

Articles about natural gas flowmeters, Industrie 4.0 and MES, binary-coded decimals and PLCs, high-performance HMIs, and cybersecurity in manufacturing were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity July 15, 2016

Interest in the IoT yields interest in OT security

The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming more commonplace in the workplace, which has, in turn, increased interest in operational technology (OT) security.

By Paul Rogers, ISSSource
Cybersecurity July 13, 2016

Wireless standards expanded for improved network traffic

The Wi-Fi Alliance expanded the 802.11ac standard to include features designed to provide a higher-performance connectivity experience with features such as spatial streams and extended support.

By Wi-Fi Alliance
Cybersecurity July 11, 2016

Microsoft, GE ready to collaborate on IIoT

GE’s Predix operating system to be part of Microsoft’s Azure cloud offering.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Cybersecurity June 18, 2016

Cybersecurity in manufacturing: How much is needed?

The cybersecurity situation for manufacturing is changing as the scale of attacks on the manufacturing sector and proportional loss to businesses has demonstrated the necessity of secure integrated control systems.

By Chris Hamilton
Cybersecurity June 15, 2016

Smart manufacturing and the continuing need for MES

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) are still useful even with smart manufacturing because they provide a fundamental base for every smart production solution.

By Luigi De Bernardini
Cybersecurity June 14, 2016

Managing processes with the IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is creating more streamlined and efficient methods to manage processes.

By Michael Zhang, Maverick Technologies
Cybersecurity May 31, 2016

Manufacturing and the fourth revolution

Industry leaders within manufacturing have already set in motion the idea of a fourth industrial revolution, or Industrie 4.0, and the Internet of Things (IoT) will play a major role in how manufacturing changes.

By Jane Zavalishina
Cybersecurity May 29, 2016

IT leaders remain skeptical of digital transformation and IoT

Cisco's survey on digital readiness suggest that information technology (IT) leaders around the world are not yet convinced of the industry’s ability to drive digital transformation, which is bad news for the Internet of Things (IoT).

By Malek Murison
Cybersecurity May 28, 2016

REST communication and the IIoT

A popular mechanism for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is representational state transfer (REST) communication. If a system or device exposes this kind of interface, it becomes Web-compatible.

By Janet Harrison, AutoCoding Systems Ltd.
Cybersecurity May 26, 2016

Companies focusing on industrial-level analytics and big data

GE and Microsoft are focusing more on how big data and industrial-level analytics can transform manufacturing as well as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Adrian Bridgwater
Cybersecurity May 21, 2016

The IoT is a maze of communication protocols

The Internet of Things (IoT) communication protocols remain an absolute maze, but Beecham Research, an analyst firm, has published a report designed to help users navigate through the chaos.

By Doug Drinkwater
Cybersecurity May 16, 2016

Securing physical security

Physical security is now intersecting with cybersecurity in information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) environments and there is a greater need for cybersecurity awareness as interconnectivity increases.

By Nate Kube, ISSSource
Cybersecurity May 16, 2016

Network configuration tool for large cybersecurity networks

Westermo's WeConfig 1.4 is a network configuration management designed to configure large and complex industrial data communication networks and features enhanced functionality to bolster cybersecurity.

By Westermo
Cybersecurity May 14, 2016

Industrial grade appliance for ICS cybersecurity

Lanner's LEC-6032 is an industrial grade appliance with the capability to operate under wide temperature ranges and provide connectivity to communicate with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and human-machine interfaces (HMIs).

By Lanner Electronics Inc.
Cybersecurity May 12, 2016

Enabling concurrent design, manufacturing

RAS is marshaling in Industrie 4.0 by integrating multiple engineering disciplines that operate concurrently throughout the panel and enclosure manufacturing process.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, CFE Media
Cybersecurity May 7, 2016

Industrial connectivity platform upgraded

Kepware Technologies' KEPServerEX version 5.20 software upgrade is designed to offer additional device and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity for users in building automation, manufacturing, and the oil and gas industries.

By Kepware Technologies
Cybersecurity April 30, 2016

IoT to IoAT: Internet of Autonomous Things devices provides solutions

Future Internet of Autonomous Things (IoAT) devices will utilize knowledge-enhanced electronic logic (KEEL) technology and may consume information from other devices or the cloud and participate in solutions they were never designed for.

By Tom Keeley, Compsim
Cybersecurity April 26, 2016

Evolution of .NET and Microsoft

.NET Framework is a software framework developed by Microsoft that is evolving to strengthen their cloud service platform as well as meet the demands of users outside their own operating system (OS).

By Bryan Cook, Maverick Technologies
Cybersecurity April 26, 2016

Standards for industrial cloud interface being developed

ODVA announced at Hannover Messe their intention to develop a common industrial cloud interface, which will encompass two elements for the industrial cloud: a cloud gateway and an application program interface (API) for transporting data.

Cybersecurity April 24, 2016

Internet of Things will eventually become mainstream, according to survey

A survey by Gartner indicate that many organizations are keen to embrace Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, but there are many companies that aren't convinced of its value or potential.

By Barclay Ballard
Cybersecurity April 23, 2016

Robots’ usage growing on production line, but humans still valuable

Robots are a valuable commodity on the plant floor and won't be going away, but for some tasks they aren't as useful as human workers because they lack the ability to adapt and adjust to changing situations.

By Sandra Vogel
Cybersecurity April 16, 2016

Potential barriers to preventing IoT adoption

The Internet of Things (IoT) has enormous potential and can change the way how businesses operate, but there are still numerous obstacles to hurdle before wide-scale adoption is possible.

By Doug Drinkwater
Cybersecurity April 15, 2016

Control system with integrated Fieldbus diagnostics

Siemens' Simatic AFDiSD active field distributor features extended Fieldbus diagnostics that can be installed and allow users to access the latest information about their Fieldbus installation for information such as power, voltage and bus interruptions in real-time.

By Siemens
Cybersecurity April 14, 2016

Information group expanding interoperability and cooperation

The OPC Foundation has created open-source availability of its OPC-UA technology and are also collaborating with the Object Management Group (OMG) to create a standard that will allow OPC UA and DDS to function together. The OPC Foundation also plans to demonstrate the addition of the publish/subscribe message to the OPC-UA specification at Hannover Messe 2016.

By OPC Foundation
Cybersecurity April 10, 2016

Company uses IoT to control 10,000 construction machines

Wipro used a telematics system to connect 10,000 construction machines with the Internet of Things (IoT) that is designed to monitor real-time health and performance of the resources used.

By Chandni Sembhi
Cybersecurity April 10, 2016

Making technical, business sense

Automation can help companies be more competitive, but that alone does not make a plant successful, productive, or profitable.

By Jack Smith
Cybersecurity April 7, 2016

How secure is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is on the cusp of making our lives easier as consumers and business professionals, but there is also a very real cybersecurity risk that needs to be addressed.

By Doug Drinkwater
Cybersecurity April 6, 2016

20 years of CiA 401: Perhaps the most implemented CANopen profile

CiA 401, the CANopen device profile for generic I/O modules, was released in 1996 and has been consistently used by manufacturers. Future plans for CiA 401 include mapping for 64-byte process data objects (PDOs) and enhancing interoperability, with discussions underway about safety and security.

By Holger Zeltwanger, CAN in Automation
Cybersecurity April 2, 2016

Security framework usage growing at steady rate

The Cybersecurity Framework created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is currently being used by 30% of U.S. organizations and is expected to reach 50% by 2020.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity March 30, 2016

Five reasons why manufacturers are embracing the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) can help manufacturers in several ways by reducing costs and downtime as well as provide through operational savings and providing revenue systems.

By Doug Drinkwater
Cybersecurity March 28, 2016

Enabling business through safety, security

With enough knowledge of a facility such as an oil platform, refinery, or pipeline network, a cyber attack that used distributed malware could lead to physical damage and serious losses of revenue.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity March 22, 2016

Cyber security protection enters a new era

Watch for a backdoor cyber security assault. The Juniper Networks incident in December 2015 changed how industry looks at device security as hackers exploit deliberate weaknesses being installed into software. End users, integrators, and device manufacturers need to adapt and prepare for this new reality. Follow these cyber security steps.

By Jeff Melrose
Cybersecurity March 21, 2016

Company launches cloud for IoT services

Bosch's IoT Cloud is designed to run various applications for its connected mobility, connected industries, and connected buildings businesses. The first cloud is located in Germany.

By Bosch
Cybersecurity March 21, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, March 14-20: Ladder logic, Engineers’ Choice winners, sensor actuation charts, more

Articles about ladder logic, the 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners, sensor actuation charts, heat exchanger control strategies, and ICS threats were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 14-20. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity March 16, 2016

Industrie 4.0 is opportunity, challenge

China is pushing ahead with Industrie 4.0 with 94 intelligent manufacturing efforts in China Manufacturing 2025; challenges remain.

By Aileen Jin
Cybersecurity March 10, 2016

Webcast: Replacing Legacy Networking Protocols with Ethernet

Ethernet networks have been used in industrial applications for many years, but large numbers of facilities still maintain older systems that lack many beneficial capabilities.

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity March 10, 2016

Upgrading a DCS with an HMI graphical user interface

Upgrading a distributed control system (DCS) with a human-machine interface (HMI) was a simple process until the development team tried duplicatiing the functionality and identifying tag information.

By Art Howell, Maverick Technologies
Cybersecurity March 9, 2016

Industrial Internet groups agree to align architecture efforts

Representatives of Platform Industrie 4.0 (I4.0) and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) agreed to align their architecture efforts and have agreed to create a clear roadmap to ensure future interoperability.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Cybersecurity March 8, 2016

Why manufacturing software should be tested before updates

Engineering and IT Insight: The way Microsoft is updating its Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, the ball is out of the user’s court. Instead, Microsoft has installed an automated ball machine that fires when it wants, even if the user isn’t ready. This new update scheme may wreak havoc for many mission-critical systems. Read this to know “why I should test” and why “Disable automatic updates.”

By Dennis Brandl
Cybersecurity March 7, 2016

Test bed for grid security launched

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided the Energy Department with $4.5 billion to modernize the electric power grid and transition it to a smart grid that is designed to be more responsive to changing power needs.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity March 2, 2016

IoT standards group formed to unify companies, developers

The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) has been established to unify Internet of Things (IoT) unifies the former Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) with leading companies at all IoT levels to provide the key interoperability specification enabling IoT solutions.

By Greg Gorbach, ARC Advisory Group
Cybersecurity February 27, 2016

U.S. government announces budget increase for cyber security measures

The White House has allocated more than $19 billion in the 2017 budget for cyber security to enable agencies to raise their level of cyber security, help private sector organizations and individuals better protect themselves, disrupt and deter adversary activity, and respond more effectively to incidents.

By The White House
Cybersecurity February 22, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, February 15-21: Specifying a servo system, IEC 61131-3, VFD faults and failures, more

Articles about specifying a servo system, IEC 61131-3, preventing VFD faults and failures, well-ground serial networking, and the 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity February 18, 2016

Virtualization benefits and challenges

Virtualization has significant benefits in computing and in networking, but the IT staff, OT staff, or system administrators must truly know their servers and network so they can be ready for challenges or potential cyber security breaches.

By Frank Williams
Cybersecurity February 16, 2016

Connecting manufacturing assets to enterprise systems

Fred Yentz, CEO of Telit IoT Platforms, talked about the company's plans to connect manufacturing assets to any enterprise system, vertically and horizontally at the 20th Annual ARC Industry Forum.

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity February 15, 2016

Getting ready for industrial IoT

HMI designers and engineers should understand the characteristics, requirements, and design methodologies that ensure successful IIoT HMI deployments.

By Maria Hansson, Kontron
Cybersecurity February 13, 2016

Easing cyber security concerns

Users worried about cyber security think of the issue need to think beyond the technology issue and realize that people process, and technology all need to work together in harmony to achieve true security.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity February 12, 2016

What we learned about engineering communication

Think again about engineering communication and advice: Listening attentively is a learned skill; key phrases such as “what we learned” provide clues about where special attention is needed. Heed this advice on knowledge creation, automation investments, and cyber security from automation and control experts.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity February 7, 2016

Wireless sensor network streamlines semiconductor fabrication facility operations

Wireless mesh networks offer a viable workaround to traditional wired systems. They can be deployed without costly construction or downtime. In addition, the networks can provide data in real time and increase production. A semiconductor company takes the plunge and solves its challenges with the mesh network technology.

By Ross Yu and Enrique Aceves
Cybersecurity February 4, 2016

Industrial networking company acquires IIoT manufacturer

HMS Industrial Networks AB has signed an agreement to acquire the Belgium-based company eWON SA, an IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) manufacturer of intelligent Internet-based remote access routers.

By HMS Industrial Networks, eWon
Cybersecurity February 4, 2016

Panel and group discussions on IIoT, cyber security at ARC forum

GE Digital and Wurldtech are hosting a luncheon at the 20th Annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Fla., on topics related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By GE Digital, Wurldtech
Cybersecurity February 2, 2016

Experts see “More of the same” for cyber security

Several cyber security experts believe there will be more cyber security attacks and threats made against companies, infrastructure, and people in 2016. And while awareness continues to grow, there is still a false sense of security as technologies become “smarter” thanks to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity January 31, 2016

Automate product support through the IIoT

Engineering and service firms need to take advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to be able to analyze the mass of data coming in and get creative in their approach to service offerings and customer engagement.

By Joanna Rotter, MSI Data
Cybersecurity January 30, 2016

Evolving physical security trends

Physical security technologies are trending toward IP-based video surveillance and access control systems and can even include things such as biometrics and complex perimeter intrusion measures. Understanding Ethernet switches and which network architectures are best for physical security systems has become an important part of the discussion, particularly when the security system operates outdoors.

By Heather MacKenzie, Maggie Wu
Cybersecurity January 30, 2016

Security package for data and storage applications

Advantech SQFlash is designed for data and storage security in many different vertical markets such as the automation, medical, and defense industries.

By Advantech
Cybersecurity January 22, 2016

ICS security trends

As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) becomes more prevalent, there is a greater risk for intentional and unintentional cyber security breaches. Industrial control system (ICS) security should focus on advanced security-focused products; security as an attribute of all Ethernet devices; and further adoption of defense-in-depth as major trends going forward.

By Heather MacKenzie, Jeff Lund
Cybersecurity January 12, 2016

Microsoft Windows XP Embedded ends extended support

Ask Control Engineering: Extended support for Microsoft Windows XP Embedded has ended; what should I do?

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity December 27, 2015

The case for open standard wireless networks

Proprietary wireless systems and local area networks (LANs), while still in use, are being whittled away in spite of the time and expense many companies have invested into them in favor of open standard wireless networks.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity December 26, 2015

Engineering ethics and software concerns

Virtual machines can solve many problems while keeping operations flowing smoothly, but when companies are duplicating software via virtual machines, this brings up some ethical issues that need to be addressed.

By Frank Lamb, Automation Primer
Cybersecurity December 20, 2015

Open standard wireless systems

There are a number of open standard wireless systems in use including Bluetooth, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Worldwide interoperability for microwave access (WiMAX), ISA 100.11, and wireless highway addressable remote transducer (WiHART). Each technology has its own specific advantages for particular industries.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity December 17, 2015

Specification volume dedicated to cyber security announced

ODVA announced the pending publication of a new volume in its specifications titled CIP Security and will be initially applicable to EtherNet/IP.

Cybersecurity December 17, 2015

Enhancements planned in 2016 for EtherNet/IP specification

ODVA’s technical work includes the adaptation of time sensitive networking along with cybersecurity, application data models and communication integration standards.

Cybersecurity December 16, 2015

Annual report on IoT and data trends released

National Instruments' NI Trend Watch 2016 is an annual report that examines a range of topics focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), managing data, and the impact of a world that is more connected.

By National Instruments (NI)
Cybersecurity December 13, 2015

Understanding RFI and EMI’s effects

A troublesome offshoot of radio frequency (RF) technology is radio frequency and electromagnetic interference, or RFI and EMI, respectively. EMI, in particular, can be a real challenge for users on the plant floor because of its impacts on WLAN technology.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity December 10, 2015

ECS Solutions Inc., Evansville, Ind.

ECS Solutions developed its S88 Builder Tool to write a program that can control a single process cell. Since its inception, the company has seen a 40% increase in labor revenue without increasing employment. See video discussion below.

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity December 8, 2015

Information integration and IIoT Webcast: Questions answered

More answers about information integration and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the topic of a Dec. 3 Webcast, are provided by a system integrator and automation standards expert. Answers to more audience questions cover infrastructure, adoption and benefits, security, and networks and information integration. IIoT progress also requires effective policies, procedures, and training.

By Dennis Brandl
Cybersecurity December 8, 2015

How well do users understand wireless networks? Questions asked of experts shed some light

Wireless networks have been around for years now, but are they as common as some might expect? Understanding of how they work is beginning to seep through, but users are still asking basic questions. Video: Two wireless discussion panelists offer their thoughts.

By Peter Welander
Cybersecurity December 6, 2015

Three-stage power amplifiers for access point, gateway applications

Richardson RFPD's RFPA5522 and RFPA5542 Wi-Fi-integrated PA modules from Qorvo are three-stage power amplifiers designed for wireless access points and gateways and routers.

By Richardson RFPD
Cybersecurity December 4, 2015

WLAN troubleshooting best practices

Because no system is ever perfect, a user’s wireless local area network (WLAN) will shut down. Understanding how and why this happened is important, and there are some fundamental steps the user can take to get things back on track.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity November 30, 2015

Get engineering-related professional development hours

No one I know waits until the last minute, but if they did, they might take advantage of nine free PDH Webcasts from Control Engineering offered in 2015 to satisfy year-end engineering training requirements.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity November 28, 2015

Migrating industrial networks

Sooner or later, that legacy plant-floor network must be upgraded. When that time comes, control engineers should use network migration best practices.

By David McCarthy, TriCore Inc.
Cybersecurity November 20, 2015

Wireless intrusion detection and protection systems

Keeping your wireless network safe from attack requires vigilance—and the right software strategy.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity November 5, 2015

Bluetooth module for IoT applications

Fujitsu’s Bluetooth Smart Module is designed to reduce cost and time to develop battery-powered wireless devices for IoT solutions.

By Fujitsu Component America Inc.
Cybersecurity October 26, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, October 19-25: Engineers’ Choice finalists, drive software, process optimization, more

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, drive software and machine vibration, process optimization and VFDs, security for wireless instrumentation, and methane regulations were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 19-25. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity October 25, 2015

Securing industrial wireless networks

The information age’s arrival in manufacturing is significant not only for what data you can access in your manufacturing operations but also how you can access it.

By Divya Venkataraman
Cybersecurity October 24, 2015

Data acquisition software for electric, drive testing

HBM Inc.’s perception high speed data acquisition software 6.60 for user customization and support for electric/drives testing.

By HBM, Inc.
Cybersecurity October 23, 2015

Internet of Things developer kit

Advantech’s Wise-4012E IoT Developer Kit is designed to help users with IoT projects and it can be accessed directly without an access point and configured through mobile devices with a HTML5 compatible web browser and to ensure the data can be accessed and configured from anywhere.

By Advantech
Cybersecurity October 20, 2015

Gateway for IIoT deployment and stream support

Kepware's IoT Gateway for KepServerEX version 5.19 is built to support Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) deployments and streams real-time machine and sensor data into cloud-based software platforms for real-time analytics.

By Kepware Technologies
Cybersecurity October 15, 2015

EC: Bedrock

Process Control Systems: Bedrock is automation reimagined to deliver the highest levels of security, availability, and performance to users. This is a Control Engineering 2016 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

Cybersecurity October 15, 2015

EC: Wonderware Alarm Adviser 2014

Software - Alarm management: Wonderware Alarm Adviser is a scalable web-based alarm analysis software that helps customers discover nuisance alarms in the process system through interactive visual analysis. This is a Control Engineering 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards Winner.

Cybersecurity October 13, 2015

IoT groups agree to collaboration for interoperable connectivity

The EnOcean Alliance and the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) announced a new liaison agreement and will result in solutions using the EnOcean energy harvesting wireless standard and the OIC specification in a joint effort.

By EnOcean Alliance
Cybersecurity October 6, 2015

Wireless compliance considerations

Control Engineering Europe discusses the compliance issues surrounding the addition of wireless technology to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) machines.

By Control Engineering Europe
Cybersecurity September 18, 2015

Integrating a wireless LAN into an existing wired LAN

As wireless local area networks (WLANs) become more ubiquitous, it is clear that necessary expansions of existing wired networks will be either extended—or replaced—by WLANs, and companies and users will need to adapt to the ensuing changes.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity September 16, 2015

Understanding cyber-physical security’s relevance

"Cyber-physical" describes an environment where machines operate automatically and rapidly based on real-time feedback and understanding the characteristics in this new, evolving environment is vital.

By Nate Kube, ISSSource
Cybersecurity September 15, 2015

Cyber-physical integration, saving children, 5G

Think Again: Automation, controls, and instrumentation are used for cyber-physical integration, saving children, and developing technologies for 5G wireless communications. Get inspired at an engineering conference and share what inspires you. See photo gallery, video link, and extra insights.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity September 10, 2015

Choosing between single and multi-channel architecture

Wireless tutorial: Depending upon what topology is being used, single-channel architectures (SCAs) or multi-channel architectures (MCAs) use multiple repeating channels in a set pattern should be considered for channelization.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity September 7, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, August 31 to September 6: Industrial control panel standards, industrial control system protection, IoT risk management, more

Articles about industrial control panel builders changing, industrial control system protection, Internet of Things risk management, hybrid machines and CNC, and control system threat levels were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 31 to September 6. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity September 3, 2015

Webcast: Cyber security technologies and strategies, tips for industrial control systems

This webcast explains how people, processes, and technologies at every layer are needed to lower cyber security risk for industrial control systems as well as initial steps to forming a defensive program.

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity September 3, 2015

Virtual and physical WLAN site surveys

Wireless tutorial: Virtual and physical site surveys allow the designer to anticipate and plan for several factors for designing a network that will meet the client’s expectations in different ways.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity September 2, 2015

IIoT group passes 200 members, looks to expand international influence

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has passed the 200-member mark and is creating Country Teams in four countries to focus on specialized use cases and testbeds.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Cybersecurity September 1, 2015

Wireless IO modules for IoT applications

Advantech's Wise-4000 IoT wireless I/O modules combines data acquisition, processing, and publishing into one I/O module and is designed for a variety of industries including environmental and machine monitoring as well as smart cities.

By Advantech
Cybersecurity August 11, 2015

Prevalence of IoT may leave networks vulnerable to attacks

Devices that use the Internet of Things (IoT) are prevalent in highly regulated industries and the infrastructure supporting those devices is vulnerable to security flaws, according to a recent study.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity August 7, 2015

Security router with integrated switch

Phoenix Contact's RS2005 and RS4004 mGuard variants combine secure routing, VPN, and firewall functions with an integrated switch designed to eliminate or reduce the need to install a stand-alone switch.

By Phoenix Contact
Cybersecurity August 4, 2015

IIoT at the IO level

Really look at the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): How will device-level communication work using this developing technology? What is IIoT? Learn four IIoT misconceptions, five ways IIoT is new, and six reasons why the disruptive technology of IIoT will be slow to catch on.

By Peter Welander, Herman Storey
Cybersecurity August 3, 2015

System design software receives upgraded version

National Instruments' LabVIEW 2015 system design software has added speed improvements, development shortcuts, and debugging tools, and has added features designed to help developers operate more efficiently. Load time is 8.7 times faster than LabVIEW 2013.

By National Instruments
Cybersecurity July 30, 2015

Keeping wireless networks secure

As technology continues to evolve, so do the risks that threaten the security of an industrial network. With more devices now being connected, outsiders have better opportunities to disrupt industrial processes.

By Justin Shade
Cybersecurity July 21, 2015

Webcast: lloT webcast one: Design considerations

The first of a three-part series on the Industrial Internet of Things looks at some of the research in the process industry around knowledge of and adoption of IIoT, and where companies see the benefits of a more connected enterprise.

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity July 15, 2015

Legacy software blues

Is the legacy software platform holding the projects back? Virtualization can offer a safe and affordable path forward.

By Tim Gentry
Cybersecurity July 10, 2015

Reference architecture for industrial Internet systems released

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) released the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA), which is designed to provide a common language for the elements of Industrial Internet systems and the relationships between them.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Cybersecurity July 9, 2015

SCADA cyber security

Securing control systems with supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA): SCADA software, part of many industrial control systems, can use the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework for cyber security.

By Edward Nugent
Cybersecurity July 5, 2015

SCADA HMI software security: Understanding and preventing SCADA viruses, intentional and unintentional

Cyber security: Exploring some of the technical concepts will help an end user understand and prevent security flaws when creating SCADA and HMI software applications and the underlying networks architectures.

By Marcos Taccolini
Cybersecurity June 24, 2015

Intrusion detection software lowers Internet of Things (IoT) risk

Intrusion detection software (IDS) for the IoT: What’s the point of protecting your embedded devices if you can’t tell if they are under attack? Why intrusion detection software is essential for web-connected devices.

By Alan Grau
Cybersecurity June 15, 2015

Year 2020 outlook from Maverick Technologies: Automation value is more connected, collaborative, secure

Maverick Technologies, among the three 2015 System Integrators of the Year, offers advice on automation, controls, and instrumentation looking 5 years ahead, in honor of CFE Media’s 5-year anniversary. The approach to automation, networking, new people, collaboration, and cyber security will change in 2020. Advice from a system integrator follows.

By Paul Galeski
Cybersecurity June 11, 2015

Industrial control system designed for simplicity, scalability, and security

Product Exclusive: Bedrock Automation’s industrial control system is an open automation platform that features universal software-defined input/output (I/O) and digital power supply as well as an electromagnetic backplane and embedded cyber defense features.

By Bedrock Automation
Cybersecurity May 30, 2015

The role of RFID in the smart factory

Control Engineering International: Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology will have a big role to play in the smart factory of the future, enabling things to communicate in real-time with manufacturing systems, according to Control Engineering Europe.

By Suzanne Gill, Control Engineering Europe
Cybersecurity May 28, 2015

Asset management software designed to build reliable wireless networks

Emerson Process Management's AMS Suite version 13.0 software decreases start-up and turnaround times for HART devices and is designed to help users build more reliable wireless networks.

By Emerson Process Management
Cybersecurity May 19, 2015

Wireless security tutorial: Wireless intrusion detection systems and wireless attacks

How to lower wireless cyber security risk: A wireless intrusion detection system (WIDS) is a software algorithm designed to monitor the wireless network for intruders and protect the network from attacks like social engineering, Denial of Service (DoS), man-in-the-middle (MIM), and other attacks designed to compromise a network’s security. Watch for these four social engineering cyber security hacks that can threaten wireless and wired networks.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity May 14, 2015

Webcast questions and answers on reliable fiber optic networks: design and deployment best practices

Fiber optic network tutorial: Questions and answers follow about how to avoid electromagnetic interference (EMI) and achieve longer distances and higher performance using fiber optics for EtherNet/IP networks across manufacturing zones and devices. Panduit Corp. answers audience questions from an archived webcast on physical layer best practices and understanding proper fiber media selection for each physical layer in the EtherNet/IP network, along with design recommendations.

By Robert Elliot
Cybersecurity May 12, 2015

Webcast: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 webcast: Overview and practical advice for today

Expert speakers briefly explain each the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0, then provide practical advice that manufacturers can implement today to realize productivity gains sooner rather than later.

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity May 4, 2015

Organizations join forces to focus on common interfaces for Industrie 4.0 and IoT

The EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) and the OPC Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Hannover Messe 2015 to define common interfaces for Industrie 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT).

By EtherCAT Technology Group
Cybersecurity May 2, 2015

ICS-CERT provides cyber security update on industrial control systems

When industrial control systems (ICS) are compromised by cyber security threats, the U.S. government provides a confidential way to share knowledge of the threat and get help. ICS-CERT helps mitigate cyber risk in control systems and embedded systems including vendor testing, on-site assessments, and training. Jeff Gray, with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, outlines the latest industrial control system security issues and cyber security recommendations from the Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT), at the 2015 CSIA Executive Conference.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity April 30, 2015

Wireless security: Cryptology basics, fundamentals

Cryptology consists of two parts: cryptography, which is the science of encryption algorithms and their use; and cryptanalysis, the science of deriving encryption keys or otherwise decrypting a message by the study of the encrypted message. This industrial wireless technology tutorial explains the basics of cryptology.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity April 27, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 20-26: Instrument inspections in hazardous locations, Apps for Engineers, industrial Internet and the cloud, more

Articles about inspecting instruments in hazardous locations, Apps for Engineers, industrial Internet programs and the cloud, feed forwards augmenting PID control, and enabling efficiency in continuous control were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, April 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity April 23, 2015

Industry information security, the next forefront?

Facing the increasingly severe information security issue of industrial control systems, the Chinese government has established a “Central Network Security and Informatization Leading Group” led by President Xi Jinping to raise network security to the national strategic level. The industrial information security market expects accelerated growth in the future, according to Control Engineering China.

By Aileen Jin, Control Engineering China
Cybersecurity April 20, 2015

Advance network security, support system monitoring

Cyber security: Applications can improve power reliability and reduce energy costs by advancing network security and supporting system monitoring. Allowing network access raises cyber security concerns. Five defense-in-depth measures can help.

By Marty Aaron and Rick Schear
Cybersecurity April 15, 2015

Wireless security: Port-based security, EAP, AKM

Tutorial on cyber security for wireless networks: Authentication and key management (AKM) is the term used to describe the process of IEEE 802.1X/EAP authentication and subsequent encryption key generation and is a major component of extensible authentication protocols (EAP) and IEEE 802.1X. Each time a client associates or re-associates, the entire AKM process must occur, which results in an extremely secure and robust wireless network. Learn the 4-way authentication handshake.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity April 9, 2015

CANopen provides distributed control functionality

There are some misunderstandings regarding the multi-master functionality of CANopen-based control systems. The under-laying CAN data link layer is a multi-master protocol, and each CAN node has the right to request bus access at any time. Depending on the priority of the CAN data frame, the node gets immediate bus access or it has to wait.

By Holger Zeltwanger
Cybersecurity April 9, 2015

CSIA committees, task forces working on standards, initiatives

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) has several committees and task forces are working on a number of initiatives and research to help system integrators improve everything from safety protocols to their presence worldwide.

Cybersecurity April 8, 2015

Wireless security: IEEE 802.11 and CCMP/AES

Tutorial: The wireless adoption rate is growing, making security a greater concern. The IEEE 802.11i task group has developed advanced methods of securing wireless networks like counter mode with cipher-block chaining message authentication protocol (CCMP) and the advanced encryption standard (AES). See 5 keys in IEEE 802.11i.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity April 4, 2015

Wireless security legacy, background

Tutorial: Wireless security has come a long way from open system authentication (OSA) and some of the other building blocks like wired equivalent privacy (WEP) and temporal key integrity protocols (TKIPs). Understanding past network security, or the lack of it, can help with network security for today and in the future.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity March 19, 2015

Wireless security basics

Wireless security tutorial: Wireless has become the communications medium of choice for many people and applications. However, without effective data security, wireless technology could not grow and people would still be reliant on wired systems along with the cost and inconvenience associated with them. Industries and businesses want to prevent intellectual property and production from being compromised. Learn about digital authentication, authorization, and accounting.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity February 23, 2015

What are you really controlling?

When designing a system and automating it, there are numerous professionals involved with each of the various areas: process, mechanical, electrical, programming, safety, environmental compliance, etc. Sometimes, due to the lack of communication, the process narrative is not representative of the process, just the abstract desired, yet unreachable, result.

By Paul Brake
Cybersecurity February 11, 2015

Secure cloud system for networking data in real time

Skkynet Cloud Systems' Secure Cloud Service is designed to provide system integrators, engineers, and managers of industrial, embedded, and Internet of Things (IoT) systems quick and easy access to a secure, end-to-end solution for networking data in real time.

By Skkynet
Cybersecurity February 6, 2015

Support-focused enterprise controls: Control system triggers

Upper-level system applications rely on movement detection circuits to produce dependable triggers when objects enter, stop in position, and exit process stations. This is part 3 in a series on standardizing development of programmable logic controller (PLC) programming for controlling discrete manufacturing processes. See 5 ways to arm a sensing trigger. Link to part 1 and 2, below.

By Daniel B. Cardinal
Cybersecurity February 1, 2015

Network-based backup solution for CNCs

Fanuc America's FASBacCNC (FOCAS Automation Solution Backup CNC) is designed to prevent extended downtime as a result of the loss of critical files on the CNC following a hardware failure or operational mistake.

By Fanuc America
Cybersecurity January 6, 2015

Cyber security essentials: Part II

The second installment of the Cyber Security Essentials series looks at what a robust network security system looks like, with insights from an ethical, professional hacker.

By Josh Bozeman
Cybersecurity December 30, 2014

Cyber security essentials: Part I

The first installment of the Cyber Security Essentials series introduces the topic of cyber security and outlines the major concepts to be aware of. Don't think you're not at risk.

By Josh Bozeman
Cybersecurity November 20, 2014

Ethernet hardware webcast questions and answers

The Control Engineering webcast, Ethernet Hardware, Nov. 12, is available for archived viewing, and the system integrator who provided advice on industrial Ethernet hardware answered additional questions from the audience, below. This webcast is a Control Engineering Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) accredited for 1 professional development hour (PDH).

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity November 12, 2014

Webcast: Ethernet hardware

Learn about industrial Ethernet hardware through a system integrator's project experiences, including environmental considerations, assessment, specification, installation, testing, and start-up.

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity November 11, 2014

Secure plant means more uptime

If a manufacturer can protect itself against an inside attack, then that line of defense should be strong enough to withstand a chunk of outside attacks.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity November 7, 2014

Advice on industrial Ethernet hardware and its application

A system integrator provides advice on industrial Ethernet hardware, infrastructure, design, devices, assessment, installation, and start-up, among other topics. See the information on industrial Ethernet hardware below and in a Control Engineering Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) accredited webcast, where registrants can receive a professional development hour (PDH).

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity November 7, 2014

Network segmentation boosts performance, protection

Technology Update: Reduce network cybersecurity risk and optimize network performance by following these 5 steps to leverage best practices of network design.

By Jessica Forguites
Cybersecurity November 5, 2014

Defense in depth: Best practices to secure your networked system

With the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), securing a connected system is becoming a critical issue. Here are some tips and concepts provided by network security experts from Pack Expo 2014.

By Joy Chang
Cybersecurity November 5, 2014

Secure remote support for manufacturers

The ability to remotely access your control system as well as troubleshoot from a remote site is becoming increasingly important as wireless technology becomes more dominant in the manufacturing industry.

By Anisa Samarxhiu
Cybersecurity October 20, 2014

WLAN topologies

Industrial Wireless Tutorials: WLANs vary in the way communication is achieved and maintained including a basic service set, an extended service set, a mesh topology, and an ad hoc network. Learn how WLAN topologies and designs affect wireless performance.

By Daniel E. Capano
Cybersecurity October 20, 2014

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, October 13-19: Automating automation, the first PLC, the PLC’s future, more

Articles about automating automation, the first PLC, the PLC’s future, vision systems at an automotive plant, and analog instrumentation’s benefits were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, October 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity October 20, 2014

EC: mGuard Secure Cloud

Control Security: Phoenix Contact's mGuard Secure Cloud (mSC) is a web-based service that allows FL mGuard users to securely communicate with and support industrial equipment over the Internet. This is a Control Engineering 2015 Engineers’ Choice award winner.

By Control Engineering
Cybersecurity October 20, 2014

EC: PTC1000 clock converter

Network Integration — Network Hardware: The Kyland PTC1000 clock converter is an IEEE1588 Precision Time Protocol to IRIG-B/PPS clock convertor specially designed to enable the time synchronization for conventional devices in an IEEE1588 system. This is a Control Engineering 2015 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
Cybersecurity October 11, 2014

New frontier in error-correcting codes

Coding scheme for interactive communication is the first to near optimality on three classical measures to remove noise from communications and improve reliability.

By Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office
Cybersecurity October 10, 2014

NIST Smart Grid framework 3.0 aims for interoperability, updates cybersecurity

NIST's 3.0 framework update aims to transform the aging U.S. electric power system into an interoperable Smart Grid—a network that will integrate information and communication technologies.

Cybersecurity September 30, 2014

Wireless AP/client for industrial networks

Moxa's AWK-1131A IEEE 802.11n wireless AP/client has high-speed transmission rates up to 300 Mbps and features galvanic isolation, which breaks ground loops to help prevent unwanted current caused by different ground potentials from entering the device.

By Moxa
Cybersecurity September 23, 2014

Implementing a simulation network

Critical steps to implementing a successful simulation network include establishing a simulation policy, defining long-term needs, and training your operations team.

By Dave Cortivo
Cybersecurity September 16, 2014

Balancing secure networks and process control systems access

What are automation engineers to do to enhance security while ensuring the need for barrier-free access to the process control system?

By Bruce Billedeaux
Cybersecurity September 12, 2014

Industrial router and security appliance has advanced firewall protection

Belden's Magnum 10RX router and security appliance supports a range of networking protocols while offering advanced firewall protection.

Cybersecurity September 10, 2014

Multi-port industrial firewalls with router redundancy

The Hirschmann multi-port firewalls offer a new router redundancy and wide area network (WAN) interface.

Cybersecurity September 8, 2014

Power free Wi-Fi connectivity

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it – all without requiring batteries.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity September 5, 2014

Next-generation fieldbus device couplers simplify chemical plant upgrade

Petrochemical plant adds new physical-layer technology to its long-running fieldbus networks.

By Jim McConahay
Cybersecurity August 12, 2014

Ethernet transducer eases configuration and control

The ReadyLink EtherNet/IP enabled position sensor is designed with a network interface that requires one network connection for configuration and control.

Cybersecurity August 1, 2014

Cloud data does the shuffle

A computer algorithm called the Melbourne Shuffle could keep data secure in the cloud.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity July 29, 2014

Microcontroller with integrated hardware encryption

The PIC24F "GB2" microcontrollers (MCUs) by Microchip Technology are designed to enable secure data transfer and storage in portable embedded applications like IoT sensor nodes and access control systems. See related video demonstration.

Cybersecurity July 18, 2014

3D control room design console software

Winsted's WELS4 is a 3D software program designed to improve the interactivity and speed of control room design and its 3D interfaces allows viewing from any vertical or horizontal angle.

Cybersecurity July 11, 2014

EtherNet/IP: Ethernet for automation

In deploying industrial Ethernet, plant engineers and IT departments should use an Ethernet solution designed and established to connect across applications and from the end customer’s IT infrastructure down to assets on the factory floor. EtherNet/IP delivers the real-time performance, resiliency, and security of proven, but technically mature, fieldbus solutions, with the bandwidth, open connectivity, and future-proof adaptability of standard Ethernet, ODVA explains.

By Katherine Voss
Cybersecurity July 7, 2014

Security ranked as a top challenge facing automation

What automation professional can expect in the years to come with cyber security.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Cybersecurity July 7, 2014

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, June 30 to July 6: PID, cyber security, IOT, more

Articles about tuning PID control loops, U.S. public utility and cyber security, the future of operator terminals, real-time processing automation and control fundamentals, and mobile microrobots were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 30 to July 6. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity June 24, 2014

Cyber security: Trusting your source for drivers, software tools

Some of the most published cyber security events have been traced back to malicious content embedded on a trusted user's laptop through an e-mail or downloaded document. Is your process control network safe?

By Bruce Billedeaux
Cybersecurity June 10, 2014

Webcast: Wireless for Stationary Applications

This webcast explains how industrial wireless technologies can provide cost-effective reliable communications rather than being expensive and potentially dangerous to workers.

By CFE Media
Cybersecurity June 6, 2014

Boomers departing: A matter of integration

Baby boomers from manufacturing automation industries are taking knowledge gathered through years of experience into retirement. Scrambling to find qualified workers to fill that void has begun. System integration and related technologies are helping.

By Gregory Hale
Cybersecurity June 3, 2014

Synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks

Automation engineers can develop architectures that meet the demands of their applications by understanding the differences between distributed clocks and the IEEE 1588 precision time protocol.

By Joey Stubbs, PE, EtherCAT Technology Group
Cybersecurity May 21, 2014

Microsoft Windows XP EOS: What manufacturers need to know

Ask Control Engineering: What do I need to know about end of service (EOS) for Microsoft Windows XP, and what should I consider going forward? See 5 areas impacting cyber security, production reliability, and quality. Alert organizations have been migrating away from Windows XP; Microsoft may still provide limited support for companies that pay for extended support, costing at least $100,000 per year.

By Frank Williams
Cybersecurity May 19, 2014

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 12-18

Articles about things noncontrol people should know about control engineers, fixing PID, the engineering job market, a strategy for the passing of Windows XP, and Control Engineering's salary and career survey were Control Engineering's most-clicked articles from last week, May 12-18. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs
Cybersecurity May 14, 2014

Top 5 Control Engineering articles: Microsoft Windows XP

Should Microsoft think again? The end of Microsoft Windows XP support and related topics remained hot among the Top 5 Control Engineering articles posted weekly on in April.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity April 30, 2014

Software patching is vital to secure operations, but introduces more risks

End of Microsoft Windows XP support raises concerns about industrial networks, connections to PC-based assets, and software patching. Assess software patching risks with 11 critical questions. In manufacturing plant floor applications, security and safety are an integrated concern. Control system cyber security is not the same as desktop PC security.

By Mark Hammer
Cybersecurity April 28, 2014

Isolate your automated Ethernet network for improved efficiency and security

By isolating automation Ethernet networks, companies will see improvements and benefits in the following three areas: Network speed, simplified data, and network security.

By Anthony Molnar, Turck
Cybersecurity April 25, 2014

CSIA 2014: Everyone has responsibilities for cyber security

Product suppliers, project service providers and system integrators, asset owners, and operators all need to be involved in cyber security, said Johan Nye, control systems commercial technology leader at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Fairfax, Va. Nye presented at the 2014 CSIA Executive Conference in San Diego on April 25.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity April 24, 2014

100x the systems with the Industrial Internet of Things

Engineering and IT Insight: Does your manufacturing IT infrastructure have tools to handle 100 times the number of current connections and manage tens of thousands of new smart network connected devices, as industry moves to the Industrial Internet of Things (I2oT) and distributed control, with every device in a facility connected to a plant-wide Ethernet network? What got you here won’t get you there.

By Dennis Brandl
Cybersecurity April 21, 2014

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 13-19

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Control Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 13-19, including articles about Windows XP, small nuclear reactors, Google Glass intersecting with control systems, and strategies for the passing of Windows XP support.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs, CFE Media
Cybersecurity April 11, 2014

What is a zero-day cyber attack?

The name sounds sinister because it’s a hacker’s dream, a secret vulnerability that has no specific defense.

By Peter Welander
Cybersecurity March 20, 2014

Industrial Ethernet cable tester

Ideal Industries' IENet Pro Industrial Ethernet Cable Tester is designed for LAN testing efficiency and instantly verifies the integrity of two-pair and four-pair industrial Ethernet cables.

Cybersecurity March 13, 2014

Providing secure remote access to industrial Ethernet networks

You have many good reasons for wanting to access your networks remotely, but such access is not without potential threats. How can you keep those networks secure?

By Tim Pitterling, Jonas Ljungberg
Cybersecurity January 30, 2014

IP gateways for remote locations

Advantech's GPRS IP gateways, the EKI-1321 and EKI-1322, are designed for use in remote locations and feature two SIM card slots and allow the user to create a secure virtual private network (VPN).

Cybersecurity January 23, 2014

Wireless networks can save money and speed turnarounds

Wireless networks can be as reliable as wired ones, and can empower workers to handle tasks they otherwise could not.

By Steve Elwart, PE
Cybersecurity January 22, 2014

Target security breach likely to speed adoption of more secure chip-based cards in U.S.

The recent Target credit card breach is set to generate a boom in demand for higher-security, dual-interface cards, with U.S. shipments forecast to surge twenty-fold from 2013 to 2018, according to a report from IHS Inc.

By IHS Inc.
Cybersecurity January 17, 2014

Pedestrian entrance control technology gets smarter

IHS estimates the world market for speed gates to be valued at $219.1 million in 2013 and forecast the market to grow to $310.0 million by 2017.

By IHS Inc.
Cybersecurity January 15, 2014

Making digital forensics a critical part of your cyber security defenses

Do you know your ICSs well enough to recognize when something is happening that shouldn’t be? That knowledge is critical to your defensive strategy, and represents the biggest advantage you have over attackers. See step-by-step cyber security table with tools, tactics, and tips.

By Robert M. Lee, Matthew E. Luallen
Cybersecurity January 14, 2014

Strategies for secure automation, Ethernet networks

Ethernet networks provide plants with an open environment that connects local and remote plant devices with management tools, but open networks come at a cost: security. Several strategies can foster openness while promoting safety and cyber security.

By Tim Pitterling
Cybersecurity January 10, 2014

System integrator acquired

Securadyne Systems has acquired IAS, a systems integrator with offices primarily based in the Southeastern U.S.

By Securadyne Systems, LLC
Cybersecurity December 9, 2013

Automate, integrate, optimize, and protect

Think Again: Automation needs to be interconnected, optimized, and protected. Here’s why.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cybersecurity November 21, 2013

Global shipments of cybersecurity microcontrollers to rise 91 percent by 2017

Cybersecurity microcontroller (MCU) global shipments are expected to almost double to 529 million units by 2017 because of increased demand for computer security and authentication tools.

By IHS Inc.
Cybersecurity November 19, 2013

Electronic overload relay

Rockwell's Allen-Bradley E300 electronic overload relay integrates communication and Ethernet and has an embedded web server to simplify maintenance and control operations.

Cybersecurity November 18, 2013

Modbus gateway devices connect to Ethernet

The MESP211 by B&B Electronics converts Modbus ASCII or RTU signals to TCP Ethernet and can control Modbus devices on LAN or WAN Ethernet.

Cybersecurity November 8, 2013

Building an integration strategy

Few technical barriers stand in the way of plant-to-enterprise integration today. It promises real-time data for making better decisions and optimizing production. But without a comprehensive corporate plan that sets goals and outlines results, mere connectivity is doomed to disappoint.

By Jeanine Katzel
Cybersecurity October 17, 2013

EC: EDR-810 Secure Router

Network Integration - Ethernet hardware: The EDR-810 is a 10-port industrial-grade secure router with Firewall/NAT/VPN and managed L2 switching functions, which allows it to transmit data efficiently while protecting the network and critical devices from internal and external network attacks. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.

By Control Engineering
Cybersecurity September 20, 2013

Operator terminal revenue falls with drop in average selling price

Global operator terminal revenue in 2012 shrank by 3.3% after two years of growth because of the selling price of operator terminals falling by 4%.

By IHS Inc.
Cybersecurity August 28, 2013

Access control market is open to the idea of open standards

The access control industry continues to play second fiddle to the video surveillance industry in terms of its adoption of open standards, according to IHS Inc.

By IHS Inc.
Cybersecurity August 20, 2013

Router with integrated switch reduces cyber attack risk

The EDR-810 by Moxa has a built-in managed switch and an industrial-grade secure router that helps protect the network and other devices from a potential cyber attack.

Cybersecurity August 1, 2013

Safety isolators and splitters

Moore Industries’ SSX and SST Safety Isolators and Splitters provide isolation and signal conversion for HART data and can serve as a splitter to send HART data to independent outputs.

Cybersecurity July 23, 2013

FDT2 improves network security, distributed system user interfaces

FDT2 by the FDT Group separates device logic and user interface to enhance security, and it uses the .NET technological platform.

Cybersecurity July 12, 2013

Integrated industrial Ethernet router and switch provides cyber security

Moxa EDR-810 Router/Switch provides an all-in-one cyber security product, saving extra deployment costs and efforts that would be needed with multiple devices.

Cybersecurity May 21, 2013

Hacked without knowing it

Engineering and IT Insight: Cyber-criminals are stealing manufacturing companies’ intellectual property (IP). Is your lack of cyber security hardware, software, and best practices giving away millions of dollars of IP to unknown competitors without your knowledge?

By Dennis Brandl
Cybersecurity April 24, 2013

Valves selected for upgrade, expansion project

Metso's Jamesbury valves have been selected for an upgrade and expansion project by Heurtey Petrochem in Russia. The project is expected to be completed by 2014.

By Metso
Cybersecurity April 24, 2013

Cyber security tools and methods for network penetration testing

Measure risks and vulnerabilities in your industrial networks using tools developed for electric utility applications. Video: Justin Searle explains his projects with the DOE, the resulting tools now available, and the differences between industrial and conventional IT environments.

By Peter Welander
Cybersecurity March 5, 2013

Compact industrial firewall appliance

Icon Labs announces Floodgate Defender, a compact industrial firewall to provide cyber security protection for industrial, military, and critical infrastructure equipment.

Cybersecurity January 11, 2013

The problem of extra software

A compelling reason for getting rid of the programs that you don’t use or need.

By Peter Welander
Cybersecurity November 29, 2012

Analogue video surveillance equipment still dominant in consumer market

Despite the difficult retail climate, the consumer market for video surveillance equipment has continued to perform well, with double-digit growth forecast for both analogue and network product categories.

By Source: IMS Research (acquired by IHS)
Cybersecurity November 28, 2012

China’s video surveillance equipment market maintains momentum

City surveillance and transportation are the largest end-user industries in China.

By Source: IMS Research (acquired by IHS)
Cybersecurity November 26, 2012

Motor control centers add Ethernet for remote monitoring

Medium-voltage Allen-Bradley Centerline motor control centers (MCCs) by Rockwell Automation have added EtherNet/IP to access information remotely. This allows personnel to safely monitor and diagnose potential problems without exposing the worker to potentially hazardous conditions.

Cybersecurity November 12, 2012

EC: Tunneller v4.0

Software - Applications: MarikonOPC Tunneller is the fastest, most trusted way to connect to remote OPC Servers. Whether connecting across different domains, through firewalls, or dealing with unreliable networks, OPC Tunneller has the application covered. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
Cybersecurity November 12, 2012

EC: VPort 36-1MP-IVA-T IP Camera with Intelligent Video Analytics

Network Integration - Network hardware: The VPort 36-1MP-IVA-T megapixel HD IP camera supports -40 F to 167 F operation and onboard Intelligent Video Analytics, which uses advanced image algorithms for quick detection of a wide variety of security threats. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
Cybersecurity September 19, 2012

Summer cyber institute a success

As a student there is nothing better than hands on training and that is just what graduate students pursuing careers in cyber security got in a weeklong summer institute.

By Greg Hale
Cybersecurity September 4, 2012

New cyber security tool suite

U.S. Department of Energy demonstrates tools to provide situational awareness of networks and control systems.

Cybersecurity August 15, 2012

London 2012 – golds, guards

Sunday saw the end of the London 2012 Olympics and to repeat the favoured cliché of many pundits; the end of “the best ever games.”

By Josh Woodhouse
Cybersecurity June 12, 2012

For IP-based video surveillance, the future is now

The trend to IP-based video surveillance is, by now, firmly established. The question is no longer “Will IP-based equipment sales overtake analogue equipment sales?”

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Cybersecurity April 10, 2012

Industrial Ethernet cables have wide temperature ranges

Alpha Wire has added Ethernet cables to their Xtra-Guard line. The cables meet NFPA 79 application requirements, appropriate for demanding industrial Ethernet applications.

Cybersecurity April 6, 2012

Control panel design: Easier access

Panel interface connectors decrease risk, allow PLC or PAC access without opening the control panel.

By Lynne Keener
Cybersecurity April 5, 2012

Decoding Stuxnet

Engineering at 30 Frames: Understand the basics, future, and view a demonstration of Stuxnet

By Gust Gianos
Cybersecurity March 26, 2012

Survey: Malware Response teams fear 2012 threats will grow in number and sophistication

A survey by Norman ASA reveals more than half of IT leaders believe that malware threats are their biggest worry for 2012. They're also worried that the new malware is too sophisticated for their analysis and security capabilities.

Cybersecurity February 11, 2012

Built-in test solution for processor boards

Kontron's Power-on Built-in (PBIT) solution is designed to improve the reliability, safety and security of processor boards that are used for mission-critical applications.

Cybersecurity December 10, 2011

Multistage, enclosed surge protection devices

The OVR NE12 is an enclosed surge protection device (SPD) designed to protect valuable equipment connected to the network for critical power, renewable energy, water, and other commercial applications.

Cybersecurity December 10, 2011

Turn-key factory control centers

ControlCore is a customizable mobile enclosure from Concept Systems designed to house all of the electrical and electronic components in a factory work cell.

Cybersecurity October 7, 2011

The software that wasn’t there

Do you need to be concerned about security issues with programs that you don’t use? Yes.

Cybersecurity September 26, 2011

New portable hands-on industrial control system cyber security training kit and course

New course material from Cybati has been used in FBI and university training programs, and is now available commercially.

Cybersecurity September 2, 2011

Update on digital certificates

The discussion early in August is back in the headlines as hackers gain stolen documents to pose as Google.

Cybersecurity August 28, 2011

Ethernet products receive hazardous location certification

AvaLAN's AW900xTR and AW2400xTR outdoor wireless Ethernet modules received the certification, allowing them to be used in the oil and gas markets.

Cybersecurity July 11, 2011

Security gateway with support for HDA servers

MatrikonOPC’s has updated their OPC Security Gateway with support for HDA OPC Servers

By SOURCE: MatrikonOPC
Cybersecurity July 1, 2011

Video: IT students explore the world of industrial networks and cyber security

DePaul University expands its IT offerings with a new class on security for industrial control networks.

By Peter Welander
Cybersecurity June 15, 2011

Video: Commoditizing wireless communication

ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute aims at making users forget about wireless standards so they can concentrate on applications, beginning with instrumentation.

By Peter Welander
Cybersecurity April 23, 2011

EtherNet/IP network added to motor control centers

Allen-Bradley NEMA and IEC Centerline low-voltage motor control centers provide seamless information exchange between plant floor devices and business-level systems to increase productivity and improve worker safety.

Cybersecurity November 16, 2010

Sequence of events recorder provides reporting for 32 channels

Cyber Sciences device can assist with cyber event forensics or analysis after process incidents and upsets.

Cybersecurity September 4, 2010

7 tips for an industrial Ethernet cyber security strategy

Industrial operations are becoming more aware of their vulnerability to cyber mischief or cyber attacks. Here are seven tips that can create the foundation for a cyber security strategy.

By Peter Wood, GarrettCom Inc.
Cybersecurity July 29, 2010

It can happen here?

While it seems that Siemens’ efforts to deal with the Trojan problem have been effective, the situation should remind us that such events must not be thought of as something that happen somewhere else. The folks from GarrettCom were reminding me of an article that we did last January, where we surveyed readers on their understanding of cyber security issues. Here’s the paragraph that they recalled particularly: “The first surprise was that 24% indicated they do not believe there are any threats and risks associated with their information control system that could affect their business operations. This seems very puzzling since most organizations operate with the understanding that there is no such thing as 100% security.

Cybersecurity November 5, 2009

IT workers: 37% to seek security certifications within 5 years, CompTIA survey says

Information technology (IT) professionals are placing their bets on security-themed certifications as they plot their next career moves, a new study from CompTIA, a trade association for the IT industry, reveals.

Cybersecurity May 1, 2009

Schneider Electric Square D PowerLogic EGX300 gateway server

The Schneider Electric Square D PowerLogic EGX300 Integrated Gateway-Server has Ethernet gateway functionality and Web functions to view critical real-time electrical system data and historical use patterns through trend plots to help optimize energy use and existing electrical infrastructure.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity March 17, 2009

Corporate responsibility: Use GRC systems to keep plants and suppliers in check

Complying with governmental regulations normally involves lots of paperwork and plenty of manual workarounds. Still another layer of knowledge is necessary to ensure suppliers are in compliance with certain standards. Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) systems address these compliance issues and a lot more.

By Karen Dilger, contributing editor (
Cybersecurity January 1, 2009

Cybersecurity bloggers discuss industry issues

Control Engineering's cyber-security bloggers Matt Luallen and Steve Hamburg discuss their experience in the development of today's cybersecurity practices and how current developments are impacting the lives of engineers in the manufacturing industries. To view the video, go to, click on the video tab in the multimedia box, select “view all videos” and then selec...

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity August 1, 2008

RFID security breach

The security of a widely used radio frequency identification (RFID) chip has been broken by European researchers. The SANS Institute said researchers at a Dutch university broke the security of the Mifare RFID chip, which is used in the Oyster card, a prepaid smartcard used for travel on public transportation in the United Kingdom.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity June 6, 2008

RFID: Kit speeds RuBee use, praise for chip, more rugged tags

In three radio frequency identification (RFID) developments, a kit offers secure visibility and better performance over RFID harsh environment applications; Intel's RFID Transceiver R1000 chip won an award; and Premo RFID broadens tag range with Harsh-Tag-150W.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity April 14, 2008

Cyber security for control systems: More tips, warnings from INL

Control systems are threatened by cyber security intrusion. But there’s good news and bad news, said Rob Hoffman, manager communication & cyber security resources, Idaho National Labs.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity January 8, 2008

ISA99 update: Cyber security standard and technologies report

Research Triangle Park, NC – A new American National Standard and an update of a widely used technical report on cyber security technologies have been released by ISA. ANSI/ISA-99.00.01-2007, Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems Part 1: Terminology, Concepts, and Models, focuses on key concepts, terminology and models, and will serve as a foundation for standards now in development in the ISA99 series.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity December 1, 2007

Sometimes its personnel

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the people aspect of control systems. Multiple regulatory rules, laws, and internal procedures require that people who perform shop floor actions are unequivocally identified, are authorized to perform the actions, and have valid training or qualifications to perform the actions.

By Dennis Brandl
Cybersecurity November 27, 2007

Cyber security: Cooperative agreement among Wurldtech, Tegron, FluidIQs

Vancouver, BC, Longview, TX, and Napa, CA—The world of industrial automation might become safer as a result of recent cooperation. Wurldtech Security Technologies has announced a three-party cooperative agreement with Tegron and FluidIQs to develop and deliver advanced security solutions to the global industrial automation market.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity November 1, 2007

HMI Software Product Research September 2007

Research was undertaken to gain a better understanding of Control Engineering subscribers’ applications and needs regarding human machine interface (HMI) software.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity September 11, 2007

CIO alert: Most believe a mobile breach is inevitable; it’s time to actively monitor data stored on corporate mobile devices

If a device falls into the wrong hands, the impact on a company's competitive positioning, brand and reputation could be severe.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Cybersecurity August 1, 2007

Network security is more than encryption

Much data transmitted over networks is sent in clear text, making it easy for unwanted persons to capture and read sensitive information. Encryption plays a vital role in securing these data by translating them into a secret code. It protects data from intruders and ensures that only the intended recipient can decode and read the information by accessing a secret key or password that enables de...

By Daryl Miller
Cybersecurity May 3, 2007

On call 24/7: Wireless system detects open circuits

Cooper Bussman InVision system detects when a circuit protection device has opened, alerts maintenance personnel which device has operated (phone, text, email), where it is located, part number of the replacement device, and the appropriate level of personal protective equipment to wear to replace or reset the device.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity January 22, 2007

A Closer Look at Windows Vista, Part I: Security Changes by National Insturments

Malware refers to any software that secretly infiltrates and damages a computer system without the informed consent of the owner. Despite the use of anti-virus and anti-spyware software, malware can still affect even careful users. One of the stated goals of the Microsoft Windows Vista release is to greatly improve the overall security of the Windows operating system and curb the impact of malware.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity October 1, 2006

IBM advances security services position, buys ISS

IBM will acquire Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS) in an all-cash transaction for about $1.3 billion, or $28 a share. The move is subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The acquisition is IBM's fourth in recent weeks, and at $1.

By Staff
Cybersecurity August 17, 2006

Generic tag security offered for RFID

Westminster , CO — SkyeTek Inc. unveiled what it calls the industry’s most advanced security technology for protecting the integrity and privacy of broad radio frequency identification (RFID) implementations in HF and UHF. The best cryptography implemented today is found in government, financial, and Internet applications in the form of Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and the Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA), specified as industry standards.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity August 10, 2006

Best practices for control systems security

The US Department of Homeland Security, Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) announces a Web site resource for control systems security personnel. The site provides Control System Security Program activities, as well as information on cyber threats, vulnerabilities and mitigations. Recommended practices for securing control systems, which have been vetted through industry and government experts, are available through the US CERT Control Systems web site ( ). Site topics include a control systems vulnerabilities overview, a discussion of cyber threats to control systems, related training courses and relevant standards and references.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity May 4, 2006

Reduce arc flash risk with infrared thermography, breakers: Webcast

A May 25 arc-flash safety Webcast from a sister publication to Control Engineering offers explanations about technologies and training to avoid this industrial hazard.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity January 1, 2006

Twist-less, tape-less wire connections

An AWG #10 push-wire connector is the latest addition to the Wall-Nuts product line from Wago. Series 773-173 Wall-Nuts connector is designed as an alternative to traditional twist-wire connectors. No twisting and taping are required. The technician strips the wire and inserts the conductor. A transparent housing allows visual confirmation of the connection.

By Staff
Cybersecurity November 1, 2005

Chemical industry merges cybersecurity efforts

Two chemical-industry cybersecurity groups agreed to merge their efforts into one organization- The move to consolidate initiatives, expected to be complete by Jan. 1, 2006, follows two years of cooperation between the Chemical Sector Cybersecurity Program (CSCP) and the Chemical Industry Data Exchange (CIDX).

By Staff
Cybersecurity October 4, 2005

Chemical industry consolidates cybersecurity efforts

Arlington, VA —Two chemical industry cybersecurity groups agreed to merge their efforts into one organization. The move by the Chemical Sector Cybersecurity Program (CSCP) and the Chemical Industry Data Exchange (CIDX) to consolidate initiatives follows two years of cooperation between the two groups. CIDX’s Board of Directors voted late last month to consolidate the CIDX Cybersecurity Initiative into the CSCP. The new organization, which will continue as the CSCP, addresses issues related to the industry’s cybersecurity implementation, advocacy, and outreach. According to CSCP Director Christine Adams, bringing together the two initiatives will help the new organization respond more effectively to emerging sector needs as it focuses on generating widespread adoption of cybersecurity practices and tools.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity October 1, 2005

Video security-by-exception over SCADA

In most instances, physical site security of a manufacturing or processing facility has been treated as a separate endeavor from control system security. As a result, facility security—especially for remote facilities—has been left largely to security firms using video surveillance.

By Staff
Cybersecurity June 7, 2005

Network security revenues projected to grow 27% by 1Q06

San Jose, CA—Though network security appliance and software revenues increased worldwide by 5% from the last quarter of 2004 (4Q04) and 1Q05, they’re forecast to shoot up 27% to $1.3 billion in 1Q06, according to “Network Security Appliances and Software,” Infonetics Research’s quarterly worldwide market share and forecast service.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity February 1, 2005

Security: a national priority

By saying, in February 2003, that the protection of control systems had become "a national priority," President Bush set off a flurry of security activities in the industrial sector. We remain, however, a long way from reaching the goal of secure industrial infrastructures. So that an appropriate layer of security can be added, most of the past few years' security efforts have been spent simply...

By David Greenfield, Editorial Director
Cybersecurity September 30, 2004

Eaton aids coalition to stop counterfeit electrical products

Pittsburgh, PA—More than a dozen companies, including Eaton Corp., met earlier this year with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association's (NEMA) Anti-Counterfeiting Committee to address the growing installation of unauthorized electrical aftermarket products that jeopardize personnel safety and the integrity and code compliance of electrical distribution systems worldwide.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity September 29, 2004

Danaher offers to buy Trojan Technologies

Washington, D.C.; London, Ontario, Canada—Danaher Corp. has agreed to acquire all shares of Trojan Technologies Inc. for approximately $185 million in cash, including transaction costs and net of cash acquired.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity September 1, 2004

Plant Engineering to present Arc Flash II Webcast

Protecting people and equipment from "arc flash" will be the theme of Plant Engineering magazine's latest Webcast on Sept. 30, 2004. This online event will address: electrical documentation accuracy; protection devices available to increase worker and equipment safety; and knowledge required to make all these pieces fit together.

By Staff
Cybersecurity May 13, 2004

Many use PDAs with no security protection

Many users of personal data assistants (PDAs) store sensitive data on devices that have no security protection, a new survey shows.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity May 1, 2004

U.S. GAO says control systems at risk of cyber attacks

The U.S. General Accounting Office recently reported that, besides increasing general cyber threats, several factors are contributing to escalated risks of cyber attacks against control systems. These factors include adoption of standardized technologies with known vulnerabilities and increased connectivity of control systems to other systems, according to GAO's report, "

By Staff
Cybersecurity April 7, 2004

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION GAO Report to Congressional Requesters (March 2004)

Testimony from the U.S. General Accounting Office(GAO)on the "Challenges and Efforts to Secure Control Systems". Securing control systems poses significant challenges including united specialized security technologies and lack of economic justification. Read the report from GAO here.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity January 1, 2004

Monitors logs, performance at network layer

Verano Inc. reports that its Industrial Defender solution suite addresses the five phases of best practices for mission-critical security defined by NIST, NIPC, Department of Homeland Security, Argonne National Labs, Sandia National Labs, and Pacific Northwest Labs. These five phases are: monitor, detect, notify, protect, and recover.

By Staff
Cybersecurity September 1, 2003

How to put SCADA on the Internet

Many companies are considering using the Internet for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) to provide access to real-time data display, alarming, trending, and reporting from remote equipment. However, there are three significant problems to overcome when implementing an Internet-based SCADA system.

By Donald Wallace
Cybersecurity May 9, 2002

Intermec and Funk Software provide 802.1x wireless security

Las Vegas, Nev. - Intermec announced on May 6 at NetWorld+Interop 2002 a partnership with Funk Software (Cambridge, Mass.) that will provide 802.1x wireless security for Intermec 802.11 MobileLAN wireless systems.

By Control Engineering Staff
Cybersecurity June 1, 2000

Viruses: No one is immune

A computer virus is a self-replicating program designed to wreak havoc with computers. Some of them are benign, but mostly they're no laughing matter. For example, the "Love Bug" virus, which appeared in early May, affected businesses and government agencies throughout the world. Many companies, large and small alike, had to shut down their computer systems to handle the attack, causing g...

By Laura Zurawski, web editor

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