Security
Dec. 2, 2015 - Are you working securely? Cybersecurity is a hot-button issue these days and while it’s been commonly noted that manufacturing companies must be proactive in protecting themselves, some organizations may not know where to begin. For insight on how businesses can get started, Manufacturing AUTOMATION spoke to John DiMaria, senior product manager of systems certification for BSI Americas, to get his take on what businesses should keep in mind when implementing a cybersecurity plan.
Nov. 23, 2015 - As industrial markets evolve to unlock the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT), Rockwell Automation and Cisco say they have announced new additions to their Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) architectures to help operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) professionals address constantly changing security practices.
Oct. 29, 2015 - For every manufacturing firm, sensitive data is the most valuable asset. If this critical information – in particular, intellectual property (IP) – is lost or stolen, manufacturers not only face significant fines and penalties, but also suffer a hit to their reputations and public trust. Most importantly, they risk losing their competitive advantage, which can lead to business failure.
Apr. 14, 2015 - Several months ago, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP released its annual Top Ten Business Risks round-up with cyber risks topping the list for 2015. The Toronto, Ont.-based law firm noted that “even as organizations invest millions to protect their data, the question is unfortunately when and not if it will happen” — but why is that exactly? How can BLG be so sure all organizations are at risk? Manufacturing AUTOMATION chatted with Ira Nishisato, partner, Commercial Litigation Group, to find out why cybersecurity must be seen as a problem for the entire organization, not just the IT department.
Sept. 29, 2014 - The migration from traditionally isolated, purpose-built industrial control systems (ICS) to more modern IT infrastructures continues to be embraced by asset owners. However, modern IT can also bring previously unseen cybersecurity issues. More importantly, the operational requirements of control systems can create unintentional vulnerabilities that cannot be mitigated using contemporary security methods. All of these factors combine to create complexity in addressing cybersecurity risks in ICS environments.
Sept. 15, 2014 - Belden Inc., a provider of signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has released new research that shows the recently revealed Dragonfly (Havex) malware is likely targeting the pharmaceutical sector, not the energy sector as previously believed.
Aug. 19, 2014 - As connectivity expands between machines on the factory floor to devices and corporate offices managing the supply chain, industrial networks require enhanced security to help ensure data is protected and flowing efficiently between network assets.
When an anti-virus company accidentally came across Stuxnet — a worm designed with the sole intention of targeting industrial PLCs — in 2010, it forever changed the manufacturing world.
The Siemens Industry Sector and McAfee, a division of Intel Security, are extending their partnership to enhance the security offerings for industrial customers to protect against rapidly evolving global cyber threats. This partnership further enhances the joint effort started in 2011.
Schneider Electric and McAfee have partnered to provide cybersecurity solutions for the utility and critical infrastructure market.
Toronto has been selected as the location for one of four global Cisco Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centres, representing a planned investment of up to $100 million over 10 years.
The connected enterprise and industrial control system security were two of the major themes at Rockwell Automation’s annual Automation Perspectives media event on November 12, which preceded the company’s Automation Fair conference and tradeshow. More than 100 media from 25 countries gathered in Houston for the event, and Manufacturing AUTOMATION was there. Get the highlights here. 
The connected enterprise and industrial control system security were two of the major themes at Rockwell Automation’s annual Automation Perspectives media event on Tuesday, which precedes the company’s Automation Fair conference and tradeshow. More than 100 media from 25 countries gathered in Houston for the event, and Manufacturing AUTOMATION was there.
Those responsible for manufacturing plants and process facilities are increasingly turning to members of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) for help in boosting productivity and guarding against catastrophic computer failures that can interrupt operations, according to a CSIA survey. “CSIA members are forecasting a busy year for automation projects among industry clients,” said Piercarlo “PC” Romano, newly elected CSIA board chairman. “More and more CSIA members are showing plant managers, directors of operation and others that control system integrators are experts at managing risk and offering proven solutions to their production challenges.” According to CSIA, topics at the forefront of industry discussion are cyber security, globalization and trends in information technology. “The threat of cyber-attacks is real,” said Bob Lowe, executive director of CSIA. “Our integrator members know their responsibilities and are taking this threat seriously by becoming educated, making it part of their project planning and implementing CSIA Best Practices and Benchmarks to reduce risk for their clients.” Lowe says CSIA is looking at emerging economies such as Latin America to determine how integrator members play a role in developing industrial automation and in demonstrating the value of CSIA Certification worldwide.      “We are part of a global industry and CSIA’s vision is for industries everywhere to have access to low-risk, safe and successful applications of automation technology,” continues Lowe. “A global strategy strengthens CSIA’s partnership with industry suppliers, helps us access global networks, and leads our integrators to the clients requesting their expertise.” In addition, CSIA members are tracking the top IT-based technologies in control system integration, such as cloud computing, virtualization and bring your own device (BYOD). These trends are already changing the way integrators work with their clients and are expected to have significant impact on the future of the automation marketplace.
Cisco’s John N. Stewart, senior vice president, chief security officer, Global Government and Corporate Security, talks information security and how to understand a global picture in a local context.
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