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2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference

The14th ICS Cyber Security Conference (sometimes known as "Weisscon") will be held October 20-23, 2014 at Georgia Tech. Based on record attendance from last year's conference, please consider making your registration early to assure a space. Registration for the conference will be open to the general public soon.

The NIST Framework and what still needs to be done

The recently issued NIST Framework on CIP is a good basic top level document.  It directly addresses ICS which is a great step forward and I am very happy to see IEC (ISA)-62443 liberally addressed. I believe the shortcoming is the lack of any actual requirements.

Interactions Recommendations Tips

How do you know when interaction is going to be a problem? Why would the control loop design need to be changed? Are there hidden loops? What can you do with tuning to mitigate the problem? When do you need to move on to Model Predictive Control? Hopefully, this blog...

Cybersecurity Infographic

Cybersecurity is one of today’s “Top of Mind” items for anyone working in the industrial communications. A new info graphic from the Industrial-IP organization emphasizes how security matters.

This New Sensor Could Be All Wet

Experimental "smart" diapers take the Internet of Things to a whole new level.

Effect of Interactions Perspective Tips

Since most unit operations have multiple loops and streams, interactions can exist where the PID output of one loop affects the PID process variable of another loop and vice versa. Interactions can cause loops to confusingly burst into oscillations.

Cybersecurity Framework 1.0—Your Latest Must-Read

One year to the day after President Obama issued Executive Order 13636: Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, NIST has released its Cybersecurity Framework 1.0, “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity”  You may want to read it sooner rather than later.

Western Canada Student Games March 13-16

Western Canada and Washington State Instrumentation technology students to participate in Student Games at SAIT in Calgary, Alberta on weekend of March 13 – 16.

NI 2014 Technology Trend Report

National Instruments (NI) has just released their 2014 Trend Watch identifying 6 areas of future development that will alter your productivity level.

How serious is the Aurora vulnerability for nuclear plants

The emergency safeguards in existing commercial nuclear plants use large AC motors for their emergency core cooling.  As the Fukushima event demonstrated, emergency core cooling may be needed for a significant period of time. It has been demonstrated that Aurora can damage AC motors.  Since very few substations have implemented the...