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Speaking at Palo Alto Networks Ignite Conference

I will be speaking April 1st at the Palo Alto Networks Ignite Conference on “Addressing the Most Pervasive Challenges in ICS Cyber Security”.

ICS Cyber Security – where is the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

The March 2014 issue of ASME’s Mechanical Engineering magazine had an article entitled "The Internet of Very Big Things". The article focused on the productivity and safety benefits of connectivity, including to the Internet. The discussion on security was either not correct or misleading.  This is not the first time...

Who Is to Blame for Our Control Systems' Vulnerability?

Do we really need to have open systems and risk the cybersecurity of our control systems and plants, or can we do something to ensure the safety of our industrial networks?

Deferral of ICS Cyber Security Conference (Weisscon)

Joe Weiss believes there is a significant need for a cybersecurity conference from the perspective of the control systems engineer that focuses on the impacts of electronic communications on system performance, reliability and safety.

Cascade Control Recommendation Tips

Given that cascade control loops are everywhere without much consideration as to dynamic requirements, what can we do to make the implementation effective? Here are some specifics by the way of detailed recommendations on the sequence, speed, and setup for tuning PID and digital valve controllers.

ICS Cyber Security Lecture at Naval Postgraduate School

I have been invited to give a lecture on ICS Cyber Security at the Naval Post Graduate School April 3rd in Monterey on control system cyber security. The presentation will be similar to my presentation at West Point.

Accidents Still Happen; They Still Cost a Lot

Republican House Speaker Joe Straus has tasked the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety with investigating deficiencies in safety, risk management, and disaster planning at chemical facilities.

Bipartisan Policy Committee Report on Cyber Security of the Electric Grid – What’s Missing

I reviewed the Bipartisan Policy report and then had a chance to meet with one of the project leads to discuss some of my concerns.  The concern about cyber security of the electric grid is grid reliability.

Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) market in your future?

MEMS technology has grown from a niche application industry to a US$12B industry in a little over the decade – largely driven by the consumer market however work on multiple fronts will bring this technology into the controls and automation realm in a significant way.

ICS Cyber Security Lecture at West Point

I have been invited to give a lecture on ICS Cyber security at West Point April 8th on control system cyber security. The presentation will address what is control system cyber security, how is it different than IT security, what has actually occurred recently, and examples of what is being...