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CIP Security for EtherNet/IP Illustrates Increased IT/OT Integration
September 11, 2019

CIP Security for EtherNet/IP Illustrates Increased IT/OT Integration

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Effective cybersecurity continues to get more complex for today’s manufacturing and process facilities, and many organizations are stepping up with solutions intended help these facilities to close the gaps.

The Biggest Digital Transformation Must-Haves for 2019
September 06, 2019

The Biggest Digital Transformation Must-Haves for 2019

By Ashley Lipman, Freelance Digital Writer
Where do you need to focus when it comes to digital transformation? That’s exactly what we’ll uncover in this guide to the biggest digital transformation must-haves for 2019.

Industrial Cyber Security in Russia is Now a Serious Thing
August 16, 2019

Industrial Cyber Security in Russia is Now a Serious Thing

In this article you will find a few tips dedicated to foreign manufacturers to help them find their way in this marketplace and export control and automation systems in compliance with Russian Cyber Security standards.

2018 Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable (PAR) Insights – Survey
July 22, 2019

2018 Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable (PAR) Insights – Survey

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The PAR meetings to represent one of the most knowledgeable groups of automation professionals gathered in one place, at any one time, to discuss automation issues, and the 2018 event was no exception.

Eighty-Two Percent of Organizations are Embracing IT/OT Collaboration, But Still Falling Short on OT Visibility
July 16, 2019

Eighty-Two Percent of Organizations are Embracing IT/OT Collaboration, But Still Falling Short on OT Visibility

By Andrea Carcano, Nozomi Networks
Critical infrastructure and industrial environments were once thought to be immune to cyber threats and attacks because of their “air gapped” nature. But the truth is that they are extremely vulnerable and are typically under persistent attack

4 Ways to Tackle Cybersecurity at the Industrial Edge
July 15, 2019

4 Ways to Tackle Cybersecurity at the Industrial Edge

By John Fryer, Stratus Technologies
To protect their networks and data, companies utilizing edge technology need to make sure that they are addressing cybersecurity threats on the edge. To develop the best edge security strategy for their specific operations, companies need to take into account the below best practices prior to implementation.

Human Error: How Automation Can Mitigate Operational Risk
July 11, 2019

Human Error: How Automation Can Mitigate Operational Risk

By Neil Ferguson, Opsview
Automation can effectively monitor operations to reduce risk and flag issues caused not only by software bugs, attacks or unauthorized applications but by human error.

ISA announces creation of ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance
July 10, 2019

ISA announces creation of ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance

The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance will bring together a global group of stakeholders from end-user companies, control system vendors, IT and OT infrastructure providers, system integrators, and others affiliated with global industry to benefit everyone, especially the communities in which we operate and serve.

The Security Implications of IIoT
July 09, 2019

The Security Implications of IIoT

By Michael Rothschild, Indegy
The adoption of industrial internet of things (IIoT) technologies in manufacturing environments is unleashing major efficiency improvements and operational cost reductions. Along with these benefits, IIoT is also opening up operational networks to security threats they never faced in the past.

What is Deep Packet Inspection and Why Is it Needed for Industrial Cybersecurity?
June 20, 2019

What is Deep Packet Inspection and Why Is it Needed for Industrial Cybersecurity?

By Jon Lavender, Dragos
To gain an understanding of ICS protocols and the inherently valuable data within them, deep packet inspection (DPI) is a necessary component of a comprehensive industrial cybersecurity technology.

Insights from 2019 3DEXPERIENCE Forum: Inside Boeing’s Digital Transformation Journey using ISA-95
June 11, 2019

Insights from 2019 3DEXPERIENCE Forum: Inside Boeing’s Digital Transformation Journey using ISA-95

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The digital transformation continues to flow throughout manufacturing, generating electricity among the audience at event after event. At the 2019 Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE in May, it was Boeing, and Lucia Chung, Senior Director, IT Factory Operations, who provided insights into Boeing’s digital transformation effort.

Digital Safety for the Energy Industry: Inside Siemens & TÜV SÜD’s cybersecurity partnership
May 20, 2019

Digital Safety for the Energy Industry: Inside Siemens & TÜV SÜD’s cybersecurity partnership

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Cyber threats continue to be a prominent concern as the digitalization movement grows ever larger. Siemens and TÜV SÜD are partnering to try and counter these concerns.

IT/OT Convergence Puts the Transportation Sector at Risk
May 13, 2019

IT/OT Convergence Puts the Transportation Sector at Risk

By Rick Peters, Fortinet
Increasingly, the most effective way to disrupt the world’s critical transportation infrastructure is by targeting the OT network, and more specifically, those IT devices and systems that have been converged into a traditionally isolated OT environment.

Why the Secure Development Lifecycle is Critical to Achieving Effective Cyber Security
April 29, 2019

Why the Secure Development Lifecycle is Critical to Achieving Effective Cyber Security

By Jalal Bouhdada, Applied Risk
This article discusses why manufacturers must understand the critical nature of designing devices with security in mind.

Avoiding Dependence on Default Security Mechanisms
April 19, 2019

Avoiding Dependence on Default Security Mechanisms

By Kinichi Kitano, Yokogawa
When a network device vendor promises security, what does it mean? Understanding how security works and what each vendor is actually providing can make a major difference.

Can Manufacturers Compete When Trapped in Existing Automation Architectures?
April 02, 2019

Can Manufacturers Compete When Trapped in Existing Automation Architectures?

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Manufacturing companies are becoming more aware of the need to modernize production methods and automation to compete globally, but many still find themselves stuck in a sunk investment trap.

Bluetooth: Tried and Tested in the Harshest Environments
March 27, 2019

Bluetooth: Tried and Tested in the Harshest Environments

By Pelle Svensson, u-blox
The numbers don’t lie: Bluetooth works, it is popular and it serves a huge ecosystem. Less well known, however, is the technology’s potential to offer wireless connectivity to industrial applications, even in the toughest environments.

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience
March 21, 2019

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The digitalization revolution was on full display at the 2019 ARC conference, and it was clear throughout the event, that forward-thinking users are leading the way.

Meeting the Threat in 2019: Cybersecurity for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms
March 15, 2019

Meeting the Threat in 2019: Cybersecurity for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms

By Megan Berkowitz
As pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies move toward greater digitalization and the storage of more valuable data, their digital security practices become more and more critical.

Is IT/OT Convergence Becoming Misguided Thinking?
March 05, 2019

Is IT/OT Convergence Becoming Misguided Thinking?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The convergence of Information Technology (IT) & Operations Technology(OT) has been a growing topic of importance in manufacturing. Many times, however the focus on IT/OT convergence can be too narrow in scope to leverage the increasingly advanced technologies to achieve a manufacturing competitive advantage