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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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Navigating the Labyrinth: Your Guide to ICS/OT Cybersecurity

CS2AI Symposium “Navigating the Labyrinth: Your Guide to ICS/OT Cybersecurity” June 5 from 1-5:30 p.m. eastern time delves into crucial questions and considerations on navigating the evolving landscape of cybersecurity standards, guidelines, and regulations for industrial control systems (ICS) and operating technology (OT), which present a burgeoning challenge. Understanding which standards are obligatory, recommended, or simply beneficial, as well as assessing the true costs of implementation and compliance, is crucial.



OT Advisories

Fuji Electric Fixes Tellus Lite V-Simulator

Fuji Electric has an update available to handle out-of-bounds write and stack-based buffer overflow vulnerabilities in its Tellus Lite V-Simulator, according to a report with CISA.


XONA Gains $18M in Funding Round

OT security provider, XONA, closed an $18 million strategic funding round led by established cyber investor Energy Impact Partners (EIP), bringing the company’s total funding to $32M.


MI Engineering Firm Faces NRC Fine

After failing to secure portable gauges, Prein and Newhof is facing a fine for a violation of Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requirements associated with regulated material.


Developing a Better Bird’s Eye View

A new type of camera inspired by the structures and functions of bird's eyes to accurate see and find prey is in development that can accurately detect distant objects.


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.


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.

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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.


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