In Critical Infrastructure, Safety Comes First

What are the top three pieces of advice you would give a CISO to make the plant OT/ICS environment more secure from cyber attacks? One of the great challenges in securing OT systems in the power generation and distribution industry is the age of system components. “The average lifespan of a typical ICS device is about 30 years,” says Brian Foster, an OT/ICS cybersecurity consultant at... Read more

Alarm Management: 7 Steps to Maximize Operator Effectiveness

A good alarm system will give operators actionable information, in time for them to take action to avoid upsets, off-spec product, shutdowns, and similar situations. A proven approach to creating such an alarm system exists and has resulted in thousands of vastly improved alarm systems.This approach is grounded in the widely adopted 7‐step methodology for alarm system improvement developed by PAS. This methodology has been... Read more

There Must Be Standard Operating Procedures for the OT Network

What are the top three pieces of advice you would give a CISO to make the plant OT/ICS environment more secure from cyber attacks?Jose Mendez is responsible for formulating and deploying a cybersecurity strategy around the industrial networks in the mining industry. According to Mendez, the mining industry is starting to pay closer attention to OT security, due in part to a kind of “creeping” OT/IT convergence... Read more

OT Security Begins with a Technical Standard of Your Critical Security Elements

What are the top three pieces of advice you would give a CISO to make the plant OT/ICS environment more secure from cyber attacks? Jacob Laas Glass is responsible for integrated operations and ICS security on six offshore oil platforms. As the ICS industry gives more consideration to cybersecurity, vendors must develop a more holistic view. Until then, he has adopted several practices that have greatly... Read more

Are You in Control of your Control Loops?

Control loops are the first line of defense for safety and process stability, and act as an engine for profitability. With hundreds or thousands of loops in operation in a single facility, it is complex to monitor, analyze, assess and diagnose potential issues. Over time, basic control loop performance can deteriorate significantly, leading to sub‐optimal operations and even unplanned shutdowns. Continuous monitoring of... Read more

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