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Thursday, May 1, 2014 @ 07:05 PM gHale

KOSO America, Inc.’s REXA Xpac earned a functional safety certification from safety certification provider, exida, to help ensure that it meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capability per IEC 61508: 2010.

“KOSO’s capabilities were confirmed through an extensive certification process,” said Chris O’Brien, exida evaluating assessor. “They have a very strong control on their design, as well as having exceptional metrics.”

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“exida has the experience and technical expertise that we look for in a certification body,” said Nick Lalos, KOSO marketing supervisor. “They have a rigorous program and completing this certification will give our customers additional confidence in our products.”

Safety certification is becoming more important throughout the industry. Along those lines, in October exida named the winners of its first Safety Awards 2013.

Awards were for three categories: Sensors, Logic Solvers, and Software products that best demonstrate innovative work and have the ability to play a key role in the continuous journey of making the world a safer place.

The following companies/products earned honors:
• Sensors, and the winner is: Det-tronics’ FlexSonic Acoustic Detector
• Logic Solvers, and the winner is: Emerson Process Management’s DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling
• Software, and the winner is: System Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd.’s RTMSafety

Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 08:02 AM gHale

Woodward, Inc.’s large electric sonic valve (LESV) flow sensor gained certification from functional safety provider exida for functional safety.

This certification will help the company meet requirements for safety integrity level (SIL) 2 capability per IEC 61508:2010.

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The sensor, part of the fuel management system of new large-frame gas turbine engines, is the first Woodward product to meet SIL standards from exida certification.

An extensive certification process included failure modes, effects, and diagnostic analysis (FMEDA).

Terry Mize, Woodward’s system engineer for gas turbine fuel management systems, said the certification will assure Woodward customers of the sensor’s reliable performance during the light-off sequence and normal operation of their gas turbines during the life of the system.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 @ 08:02 PM gHale

The Detcon FP-700 Combustible Gas Sensor gained certification for functional safety, ensuring that it meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 capability per IEC 61508: 2010, said officials at safety certification provider, exida.

“Detcon’s capabilities were confirmed through an extensive certification process that included a Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA),” said John Yozallinas, exida evaluating assessor. “Its mature development process provides the rigor needed to ensure the delivery of products that achieve high levels of functional safety.”

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“We continue to choose exida as our certification body because of its technical expertise,” said Bob Masi, Detcon president. “Obtaining an exida certificate gives our customers strong confidence that our products are applicable to safety critical applications.”

Product certification is a growing trend in the industry, as users need to know products can stand up to the challenges safety, and security, solutions provide.

Along those lines, in October exida named the winners of its first Safety Awards 2013.

Awards were for three categories: Sensors, Logic Solvers, and Software products that best demonstrate innovative work and have the ability to play a key role in the continuous journey of making the world a safer place.

The following companies/products earned honors:
• Sensors, and the winner is: Det-tronics’ FlexSonic Acoustic Detector
• Logic Solvers, and the winner is: Emerson Process Management’s DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling
• Software, and the winner is: System Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd.’s RTMSafety

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 04:01 PM gHale

Yokogawa Electric Corporation’s ProSafe-RS Safety Controller gained certification from global safety and security certification provider, exida, ensuring the product it meets the requirements for ISASecure Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) Level 1.

Based upon the ISA/IEC 62443 standards, ISASecure EDSA is an industry consensus cyber security certification scheme for products and supplier development practices that is governed by the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI).

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exida is currently the only ISASecure Chartered Laboratory accredited by ANSI/AClass to evaluate embedded devices according to the ISASecure EDSA conformance scheme and grant ISASecure EDSA certifications.

Yokogawa joins Honeywell and RTP Corp. as automation equipment suppliers offering ISASecure certified products.

Obtaining ISASecure Level I certification is a difficult process. ISASecure certification is based on a security validation process that is an order of magnitude more rigorous. It indicates a far higher level of security in the product and its intended use.

For ICS and SCADA equipment end users, understanding the difference is important. It may mean the difference between buying a product riddled with vulnerabilities and buying a product designed to be secure.

Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 05:01 PM gHale

Belden Inc. signed a global partnering pact with safety and cyber security services firm, exida to streamline their individual offerings into one package.

The Belden-exida partnership will move to offer a more efficient process for securing an industrial network. With a single-source coordinating the details — from the initial security assessment to the installation of the solution — customers can optimize their industrial network resources, resulting in maximized uptime and enhanced operational productivity.

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“We’ve worked with exida for a number of years, tapping into their best-in-class risk analysis and security recommendations,” said Frank Williams, senior product manager at Belden’s Tofino Security. “Now, we’ve formalized that partnership and when our customers ask ‘how much security do I need?’—we can make their next steps seamless. exida’s experience in the industrial setting is the ideal match to our existing portfolio of physical and cyber security solutions. Together, we will help ensure the uptime and reliability of our customers’ networks is not compromised.”

When it comes down to it, security works hand in hand with network reliability.

“While many think of deliberate attacks, like hackers, terrorists and malware, the reality is 80 percent of incidents that bring a network down are unintentional issues, like field configuration changes, malformed traffic, data storms or technician errors,” Williams said. “exida’s analysis of the true threats to safety and security will help companies take the proper precautions to protect their network.”

exida focuses on assessing new or existing control systems, as well as policies and procedures, to help customers identify and correct vulnerabilities. After collecting and analyzing the data, exida can train personnel and contractors to improve their cyber security countermeasures, among other services.

“Our experience is unique in that we understand the devices, systems and applications used by industrial process control and factory automation engineers, as well as the IT side of security,” said John Cusimano, director of the cyber security division at exida. “After we perform our assessments or trainings, Belden can step in to address and resolve any security issues we identify. This partnership takes our combined services to the next level to deliver an all-in-one offering.”

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 @ 04:10 PM gHale

The Rosemount 5300 Series Guided Wave Radar Transmitter gained certification for functional safety, ensuring that it meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capability per IEC 61508: 2010.

“Rosemount’s capabilities were confirmed through an extensive certification process that included the completion of a Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA),” said Dave Butler, evaluating assessor at exida, an industry functional safety certification provider for the process industries. “Their mature development process provides the rigor needed to ensure the delivery of products that achieve high levels of functional safety.”

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“We were confident in choosing exida as our certification body for their technical expertise in functional safety certification,” said Dajana Prastalo, manager product approvals at Rosemount Tank Radar. “They have a rigorous process that gives our customers a solid confidence that our products are applicable to safety critical applications.” Rosemount is a business unit of Emerson Process Management.

Emerson was also an award winner for exida’s first Safety Awards 2013.

There were three categories for which exida gave an award: Sensors, Logic Solvers, and Software. They were for products that best demonstrate innovative work and have the ability to play a key role in the continuous journey of making the world a safer place.

The following companies/products earned the honors:
• Sensors, and the winner is: Det-tronics’ FlexSonic Acoustic Detector
• Logic Solvers, and the winner is: Emerson Process Management’s DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling
• Software, and the winner is: System Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd.’s RTMSafety

Friday, October 25, 2013 @ 07:10 AM gHale

With the ever changing threats posed by cyber events of any nature, it has become critical to recognize these emerging threats, malicious or not, and identify the consequences these threats may have on the operation of an industrial control system (ICS). Cyber-attacks over time have the ability to take on many forms and threaten not only industrial but also national security.

Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest exporter of crude oil, serves as a perfect example depicting how devastating a cyber-attack can truly be on an industrial manufacturer. In August 2012, Saudi Aramco (SA) had 30,000 personal computers on its network infected by a malware attack better known as the “Shamoon” virus. According to InformationWeek Security this was roughly 75 percent of the company’s workstations and took 10 days to complete clean-up efforts.

Click here to download the white paper.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 11:10 AM gHale

Cameron’s TK trunnion mounted ball valves gained functional safety certification per IEC 61508 from safety certification provider, exida.

The certification ensures the valves meet the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable per IEC 61508.

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“At Cameron, we are committed to providing a safe work environment for our employees and providing our customers safe, reliable products for their work environments,” said Charlie Danielson, Cameron Product Manager for TK products.

For over 50 years, the TK trunnion mounted ball valve has seen use in the oil and gas industry for critical service applications, providing reliability, and safety over a long period of time.

“The capability of the Cameron process was confirmed through an extensive certification process that included the completion of a Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA),” said Steve Close, exida Evaluating Assessor.

“They demonstrated a solid understanding of the issues necessary to achieve high levels of functional safety.”

Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 06:10 PM gHale

Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest exporter of crude oil, is a perfect case of how devastating a cyber attack can be on an industrial manufacturer.

In August 2012, Saudi Aramco (SA) had 30,000 personal computers on its network infected by a malware attack called the “Shamoon” virus.

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With the ever changing threats posed by cyber events of any nature, it has become critical to recognize these emerging threats, malicious or not, and identify the consequences these threats may have on the operation of an industrial control system (ICS).

Cyber attacks over time have the ability to take on many forms and threaten not only industrial but also national security.

The seriousness of cyber attacks related to national security came to light when former United States Secretary of Defense Leon W. Panetta gave a speech one year ago issuing a strong warning to business executives about cyber security as it relates to national security.

“A cyber-attack perpetrated by nation states [and] violent extremists groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack on 9/11. Such a destructive cyber-terrorist attack could virtually paralyze the nation,” he said. “For example, we know that foreign cyber actors are probing America’s critical infrastructure networks. They are targeting the computer control systems that operate chemical, electricity and water plants and those that guide transportation throughout this country.”

That just means attacks are here and they are going to get stronger. ICS professionals need to have a firm grasp of what security is all about and how to ward off any would be attackers.

Researchers at security provider, exida, wrote a whitepaper that will focus on the significance of cyber-attacks on industrial control systems (ICS) and how these attacks can end up prevented by proper practice of the ICS cyber security lifecycle.

Click here to download the white paper.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 @ 05:10 PM gHale

Safety awards may not garner the publicity of the big name shows like the Academy Awards, but rest assured they are more important as they help keep people and property safe.

Along those lines, functional safety and cyber security certification provider exida named the winners of its first Safety Awards 2013.

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Awards were for three categories: Sensors, Logic Solvers, and Software products that best demonstrate innovative work and have the ability to play a key role in the continuous journey of making the world a safer place.

The following companies/products have earned this year’s honors:
• Sensors, and the winner is: Det-tronics’ FlexSonic Acoustic Detector
• Logic Solvers, and the winner is: Emerson Process Management’s DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling
• Software, and the winner is: System Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd.’s RTMSafety

“We received several nominations for products that demonstrated exceptional work, making the decision process very difficult,” said Dr. William Goble, exida principal partner.

“exida recognizes the importance of excellence in functional safety, and congratulates the winners of this year’s awards,” he said. “We commend their commitments to manufacturing/designing products that are sure to make a difference in the ever-evolving world of functional safety.”

This is the first year exida conducted the awards and they are looking to make this an annual event.

 
 
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