Archive for December, 2011

Smart Grid Executive Forum asks about control system cyber security

Don McDonnell, the moderator of the Smart Grid Executive Form Linked-In Site had a comment on my blog- "Industrial control systems are reliable and safe, just not secure".  His comments were:
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Control System Cyber Security Goes Mainstream

On CBS’s Face the Nation on Christmas Day, CBS Justice and Homeland Securityread more

Industrial control systems are reliable and safe, just not secure

Much has been written negatively about industrial control systems by the open press and IT security individuals.  The non-control system community views control systems in the context of traditional IT.  Consequently, the security requirements are no…

@NACFAM Top 3 Priorities to Revitalize US Manufacturing #pauto #mfg #manufacturing

I am in complete support of this document, and I want to encourage you to write to Fred Wentzel  at NACFAM (National Council for Advanced Manufacturing) and ask him to include your name and company on the list of supporters.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012 Inductees to the Process Automation Hall of Fame #pauto #control #ATPM

Once again, the nominations have been made, the votes sent in and the results have been tabulated for the Class of 2012 of the Process Automation Hall of Fame.
This year’s class members are: Vern Heath, Mark Nixon and Tom Phinney.
Vern Heath founded Ro…

The NERC CIP Process Is Making the Grid Less Reliable – Who Is Minding the Store?

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The MIT Report on the Electric Grid: Control Systems Were Not Adequately Addressed

MIT issued the report, "The Future of the Electric Grid – An Interdisciplinary MIT Study." Chapter 9 is "Data Communications, Cybersecurity, and Information Privacy." According to the report, the U.S. should implement standards to…

December 2011 Digital Issue

The December issue of Control magazine is now online and ready for viewing. It features our annual rating of the Top 50 automation companies, both globally and in North America.This year, vendors are all doing well, but are nervous about the future. We…

@Kaspersky withdraws from @BSA over the Americanization of Internet Law and @SOPA #pauto #security #manufacturing

Here’s Eugene Kaspersky’s blog about why he’s withdrawing his company from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) also known as the Dreaded Software more

SCADA in the Cloud Webinar

The SCADA in the Cloud webinar will highlight the importance of Cloud-based applications within the industry. Attendees will also learn how some end user companies have used Cloud-based SCADA to surge ahead in their field. read more