Where were the water treatment and quality experts before Flint's water disaster?

By the time Flint's water is safe to drink, this preventable disaster will have injured thousands of children and cost $400 million or more.

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Many of us remember where we were when we first learned about a major disaster. I heard President Kennedy was shot while waiting in line outside my third-grade classroom. Chernobyl and the Challenger explosion made the TV news in a rented house, and Deepwater Horizon was announced on my radio headphones while I was painting a porch. Many of you were with me on Sept. 11, 2001 at the ISA Show in Houston. I wonder where the water treatment and quality experts were in April 2014, when Flint, Michigan's municipal supply was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River? Flint River water is 19 times as corrosive as Lake Huron, with higher levels of salts and bacteria. But…

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2016 Readers' Choice Awards

CG1601 WebCoverFor more than 20 years, the Control Readers' Choice Awards have honored the best suppliers in the process automation industries.We're excited to name the Readers' Choice Awards Class of 2016. Find out which products and brands our readers rely on to get the best combination of performance, ease of use, reliability and reasonable cost to keep their plants running.

Today's top 50 process control and automation suppliers

CG1512 WebCoverThis report, written by Control's Executive Editor Jim Montague, ARC Advisory Group Allen Avery and Larry O’Brien, presents the current Top 50 automation companies. Today's leaders faced off old and new challenges, took risks and made changes to survive the on-going economic storm. Read more.

Voices: Ask The Experts

How PLCs of critical facilities are protected from cyber attacks

Engaged employees are the best protection. Employees are the weakest link in industrial security, so they need to be trained, tested and engaged to protect their systems.

Questions What is being done to protect the malware-vulnerable programmable memory of the PLCs of critical facilities? Anything? It is possible to program a PLC memory and then program a lockdown so the memory becomes write-once rather than write-always, and thus would be immune to malware attacks.

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  • How PLCs of critical facilities are protected from cyber attacks

    Questions What is being done to protect the malware-vulnerable programmable memory of the PLCs of critical facilities? Anything? It is possible to program a PLC memory and then program a lockdown so the memory becomes write-once rather than write-always, and thus would be immune to malware attacks.

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