Voices: Other Voices

Cybersecurity: Control Systems Are Under Attack

Here, There Be Dragons. It's a Scary New World in Process Control, but You Can Defend Your Plant Against Cyber Attack

By William L. Mostia

In ancient times, map makers would sometimes mark unknown areas on a map with a dragon indicating that there were some potential hazards present in that area. The cyber world is a constantly evolving technological and social-political environment that presents a growing knowledge base of known cyber threats (which unfortunately can have the power to mutate into a new hazard) and unknown cyber hazards (our metaphorical dragons).

Read more

More from this voice

Title

Skills Gap is Reality for Adaptive Manufacturing

These Over-50 Operators and Engineers Are the Human Computers of Operations and the Only Thing Standing Between Profit and Loss

08/05/2008

Safety and Security: Two Sides of the Same Coin

A Weakness in Security Creates Increased Risk, Which in Turn Creates a Decrease in Safety, so Safety and Security Are Directly Proportional, but Are Both Inversely Proportional to Risk

03/25/2010

Process Automation: Harder, More Profitable

Success in Factory Automation Is No Free Ticket for Success in Process Automation

03/02/2009

Process Automation Reliability vs. Safety

Is It Possible to Have Safe Systems That Aren't Considered Reliable?

04/07/2014

Process Automation Programming Language. One for All

The Case for Using Natural Language

10/20/2014

Process Automation Integrated Systems: A Data-Driven Search for Oil

Integrated Systems Pump Data to Feed the Search for Oil in Alberta

04/08/2013

Pervasive Connectivity: Brilliant Is as Brilliant Does

Pervasive Connectivity Poised to Transform Our Expectations of Industrial Machines

10/31/2013

PEMEX Makes Heat Exchangers Tell How They're Feeling

Many Engineers Are Too Busy to Put a High Priority on Getting and Analyzing Exchanger Data, so Plants Use More Energy, Run at Lower Productivity and Even Experience Unplanned Outages Due to Exchanger Neglect

10/01/2013

More of Our Content Online

Each Printed Page Can Hold Only So Many Words, but Online We Can Fit So Much More

09/15/2014

Modular Still Matters

The Process Analyzer Industry and One of Its Largest User Communities Must Get Away from Building "Steel Copies of Wooden Bridges"

12/03/2012

Modular Procedural Automation Improves Operations

Using a Standard Automation Methodology Also Prevents Incidents by Allowing Operators to Share Best Practices

04/11/2014

LyondellBasell Claims 'Reliability Program of the Year' Honors

LyondellBasell's Mission Is to Provides Engineering and Maintenance to the Site and to Proactively Maintain All of the Assets to Achieve Equipment Reliability

10/10/2014

Interoperability Barrier No. 1: The CIO

According to AMR, 60% of Most IT Budgets Are Spent Attempting to Deliver to 2002 Expectations

06/12/2008

Instrumentation as a Foundation for Profit

What Is the Real Value of Instrumenting Production Processes? Control Engineers Know It. Do You?

02/02/2010

Industrial Machine Performance: The Power of One Percent

Advanced Analytics Delivered through Smarter, Connected Machines Will Transform Industrial Performance

10/31/2013

ISA100.11a - Fieldbus Wars Round 2 Begins

To Directly Influence the Outcome of This Dispute, End Users Should Vote With Their Time by Participating in the Appropriate Standards Committees

02/25/2013

How to Select the Right Network

Gathering Data from Everywhere

12/17/2013

How Can the NERC CIP Standards Be Improved?

The Requirements in the CIP Standards Are Pretty Good, but They Do Not Address Common Methods of Attacking a Protected Network

12/06/2010

Heartbleed Security Bug Issue Means We Must be Vigilant With Our Industrial Systems

Trust with Verification is Necessary

05/08/2014

HMI Everywhere

There's a Difference Between Monitoring and Interacting or Controlling. Effective Control Requires an HMI

10/07/2013