Controlling Interests Editors' Blog

Weekend Must-Read: ICSs May Not Be Safe from Heartbleed after All

Just because you've changed your Facebook and Dropbox passwords (you have, haven't you?) doesn't mean you can forget about Heartbleed. According to the Christian Science Monitor's Saturday edition, "Unconfirmed reports that Heartbleed has already been used to attack encrypted communications systems of US industrial control systems are being investigated, the...

See, This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things.

The Heartbleed cyber attack is yet another wake-up call. We can't keep ignoring them.

ISA Website Gets a Makeover

The ISA  launched its completely redesigned Web site yesterday. The new www.isa.org is a state-of-the-art, customer- and member-centric portal that delivers a more personalized and satisfying experience in showcasing ISA's products, services, resources and technical information.

What Happens When You Fail to Calibrate Your Flowmeters?

A flowmeter that is not measuring properly can cause many problems. In a custody-transfer application involving rude oil or natural gas, even the smallest error can cost a customer millions of dollars a year.

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?

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.

Are You Ready to Be Part of the Electrical Plan?

Integrated project management and electrical/automation systems promise to change the work habits of control engineers.

Robots Take Over, Humans Are Now an Endangered Species

Don't worry Sten Corfitsen and his business partners are doing something to save the human race. They have invented a fully automated, robotic refueling unit for cars.

Two Centuries of Gasification

Every day is somebody’s birthday or anniversary. For example, Google has a doodle up today celebrating the 112th birthday of American author, John Steinbeck. But another, in some respects more important, anniversary is coming up.

This New Sensor Could Be All Wet

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