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Filling the Cyber Talent Gap with Managed Security Services

One of the most well-known facts about industrial control system cybersecurity is there is a serious lack of qualified experts to fill vital roles at manufacturing enterprises.

Closing Pandora’s Box with Managed Security Services

There is an unsung hero these days that remains a steady but sure backbone as digitalization continues its march forward allowing for unprecedented growth and productivity in the manufacturing sector – cybersecurity.

How Process Safety Management Plays a Role in Sustainability

It is no secret global warming is continuing to grow and present a problem for the world. It is also no secret the manufacturing sector is a large contributor to this world-wide dilemma, however, as the industry heads toward a lofty, but achievable goal of carbon neutrality, safety can play a vital role.

Energy Transformation and Process Safety Management

Ethylene production is a highly hazardous environment, where the process works under very high pressures, very high temperatures, and fast thermal reactions. Everyone in the industry has done a good job of making ethylene crackers safe and efficient where it is possible to reuse the steam to help drive power generation. But the next move, and it will be sooner than you think, is electrification will start to take over to fire up the furnaces and fossil fuels become obsolete.

Keeping Process Safety Management In Scope with Digitalization

There is a dichotomy of sorts going on across the industry: Digitalization is taking hold where manufacturers are connecting devices to garner all kinds of information to create more informed decision-making and increase productivity, but the fear is safety could be left in the technological dust.


Growing Age of Industry 5.0 and Process Safety

There was a time not too long ago a grizzled veteran operator could walk into a plant and just by listening to the buzz of the process, he or she would know the process was running properly. A true human-centric observation.


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Safety Goes Digital

Manufacturing organizations around the world continue to boost their digital footprint and increase connectivity to reap dividends from data and heighten knowledge gleaned from sensors, assets, and devices to help increase productivity, strengthen their process, and help keep workers safe.

The goal in this continuing digital journey is to help manufacturers generate more value from resources, develop new products, services and business processes, improve resilience and agility, and instill a much stronger culture centered on data. The move toward digitalization is continuing and it will remain growing for the foreseeable future.

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Covering security, threats, regulations, incidents, vulnerabilities with experts

ICS STRIVE provides information on Threats, Vulnerabilities and Incidents in the manufacturing automation sector.

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Finding Your Safe Harbor: Remediation Measure Optimization

(CS)²AI Online Seminar: Finding Your Safe Harbor: Remediation Measure Optimization Wednesday, April 17 from 1 PM – 2:30 PM EDT. Once you’ve prioritized which vulnerabilities you need to address, you will need to identify which remediation measures should be implemented and in what order, considering the operational constraints. Not all mitigation measures have the same impact or require the same investment, this is why optimization is crucial. Join Roger Rademacher, Supervisor of Cyber Security Services at Foxguard and Jean-Francois (Jay) Gignac, Head of Global Sales and Marketing at Framatome Cyber, Cyberwatch and Foxguard for this informative seminar.

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FOCAL POINTS

INCIDENTS

BreachForums Hacking Site Seized

BreachForums hacking forum, which law enforcement suspects of leaking and selling stolen corporate data to other cybercriminals, ended up seized last week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

OT Advisories

LCDS Fixes LAquis SCADA

LCDS - Leão Consultoria e Desenvolvimento de Sistemas Ltda ME has a new version available to handle a path traversal vulnerability in its LAquis SCADA, according to a report with CISA.

COMPANY/PRODUCT NEWS

3 Companies Unite to Event Management Tool

Operators of critical infrastructure and government agencies can now continuously monitor isolated networks for indications of compromise or insider threats while maintaining a physical barrier to cyberattack.

GOVERNMENT

Guidelines to Protect Sensitive Data

There is now a clearer, more straightforward guidance for protecting sensitive data contractors and organizations handle in their dealings with the federal government.

TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

Vast Difference in Cybersecurity Education

Everyone knows there is a severe shortage of cybersecurity professionals to go around, but as more people try to learn how to become an expert, it is apparent that not all traning or programs are the same – as a matter of fact, they can vary dramatically.

CAREERS

Grants Awarded for Security Innovations

Over $1.2 million in grants went out to 12 small businesses in eight states under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

TECHNOLOGY UPDATE

How to Sense Odors with Less

Humans’ sense of smell has evolved into a sophisticated system that processes scents through several intricate stages and most times they can pick up something like a dangerous level of fumes from a toxic chemical.

STANDARDS

Guidelines to Protect Sensitive Data

There is now a clearer, more straightforward guidance for protecting sensitive data contractors and organizations handle in their dealings with the federal government.

RESEARCH

Supply Chain Attacks Growing, Readiness Lacking

Software supply chain attacks, while not very common place up to two or three years ago, are starting to take off with 54 percent of global organizations suffering an assault over the past year, a new survey found.

Industry Voices

  • By Greg Hatcher

    With cyberattacks on the rise, cybersecurity is more important than ever. Yet manufacturers and organizations of all kinds are struggling to retain top-notch cybersecurity experts. If your enterprise is staring down the cybersecurity skills gap, here are the steps you can take to fill it.

  • By Greg Hardin

    A Functional Safety Assessment (FSA) is defined by the IEC 61511 standard as an “investigation, based on evidence, to judge the functional safety achieved by one or more SIS and/or other protection layers.”

  • By Chris Powell

    In 2016, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) published Edition 2 of the IEC 61511 standard, “Functional Safety – Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector,” which the International Society of Automation (ISA) 84 committee also adopted in 2018 as a U.S. national standard (ANSI/ISA 61511.2-2018).

  • By Bob Maley

    Manufacturing is under attack. Manufacturing was the most targeted sector by ransomware gangs in the last 12 months with 528 total victims, according to new research. This accounted for a 19.5 percent of all ransomware victims. Without a new defense strategy, manufacturers are at high risk – especially with new groups such as Chernovite and Bentonite focusing on the industry.

Industry White Papers

Safety Goes Digital

Manufacturing organizations around the world continue to boost their digital footprint and increase connectivity to reap dividends from data and heighten knowledge gleaned from sensors, assets, and devices to help increase productivity, strengthen their process, and help keep workers safe.

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