Reducing Risk in a Converging IT/OT World

Industrie 4.0 and the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) require increased access to the Operational Technology (OT) that propels production. Twenty to thirty years ago, assets were proprietary, different for every vendor, and offered limited connectivity to third party systems. Over time, owner-operators demanded more openness and access to these proprietary systems. As a result, vendors are using more... Read more

Barbie Versus the Dam Hack

I was shopping on Amazon recently looking for a gift for my daughter. The choices are endless, and it seems everything has an electronic or connected element to it now. While researching dolls, I came across a news item that Barbie can now carry on a conversation with your child. The toy utilizes cloud-based speech recognition technology primarily to accomplish this feat.  All conversations are stored so that... Read more

Cybersecurity and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): Perspectives from the ARC Forum in Orlando

At the ARC Forum last week in Orlando, many of the sessions and hallway conversations were focused on Cybersecurity and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). True, the IIoT is not necessarily a new topic. Based on my conversations, the industry is excited about the business value we can expect from IIoT. But the truth is, while the technology to take advantage of IIoT is available now, most organizations are still... Read more

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