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Contributing experts offer additional process automation and control industry knowledge in these blog posts. 

Off-site Insights's Off-site Insights Blog by Digital Engagement Manager Amanda Del Buono offers a break from our normal process automation control coverage to take a look at how the technology you use at work is utilized in so many other unique and innovative ways across other industries and throughout our everyday world.

Control Talk Blog

The Control Talk Blog provides guidance from a user's viewpoint on the design of automation systems, equipment, and piping for process control improvement. Details are offered on the selection and installation of PID controllers, control valves, variable speed drives, and measurements to maximize loop performance. The blogs are often more intensive and extensive and less vendor specific than a white paper. The goal is an advancement of the profession by sharing conceptual principle based knowledge.

Unfettered Blog

Control Systems Cybersecurity Expert, Joseph M. Weiss, is an international authority on cybersecurity, control systems and system security. Weiss weighs in on cybersecurity, science and technology, security emerging threats and more.

Controlling Interests Editors' Blog

Control's editors weigh in with timely insights and tidbits on goings-on in the process automation world, mostly news and technology but also interesting perspectives gleaned from our daily conversations with end users and the challenges of the craft.

The Great Kanduski: Best Practices in Industrial Networking

Ian Verhappen, a.k.a "The Great Kanduski," has 25+ years experience in instrumentation, controls and automation. He joins the editors of Control, Control Design and Industrial Networking to offer his perspectives and experiences on networks (including IP based ones), fieldbuses, wireless, and anything that has to do with field level devices (including process analysers). Much like our Industrial Networking magazine, the Great Kanduski serves the readers of Control and Control Design who are especially interested in fieldbuses, Ethernet, wireless, networking strategies and standards, and the cables, connectors, sniffers and other components that support them.
Unfettered Blog

Exploiting remote access: The ultimate living off the land attack

March 20, 2024
Remote access can be a double-edged sword providing needed reliability improvement but also a potential vehicle for LOTL attacks
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The U.S. electric industry is not responding to cyber-vulnerable Chinese equipment

Feb. 29, 2024
The utility sector continues to ignore the cyber threat from Chinese equipment
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False process sensor data can be catastrophic but are not adequately addressed

Feb. 6, 2024
Although process sensors are the eyes and ears of industrial processes, they are often not included in cybersecurity programs
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Why is CISA not addressing the PLCs in the Unitronics PLC attack?

Dec. 13, 2023
The IRGC attack could be wider spread, as Unitronics PLCs may be rebranded and appear as different manufacturers and companies
Unfettered Blog

CISA’s response to Iran hacking control systems in US critical infrastructures is inadequate

Dec. 4, 2023
The U.S. is in an undeclared cyber war with Iran, including Iran cyberattacking U.S. control systems and IT networks
Unfettered Blog

OTORIO webinar on proactive measures to enhance cybersecurity ROI in OT/ICS environments

Nov. 29, 2023
Proactive measures to enhance cybersecurity in OT/ICS environments, emphasizing tangible ROI and aligning these efforts with broader business goals
Unfettered Blog

Iran hacks US water system: Observation and implications of a terrorist attack on US soil

Nov. 27, 2023
An Iranian-backed cyber group recently launched an attack on the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Cyber Related Rail Incidents Have Killed More Than 490 People
Unfettered Blog

Cyber-related rail incidents have killed more than 490 people

Nov. 15, 2023
The government and industry cybersecurity guidelines have often failed to address the control system cyber issues that have resulted in catastrophic control system cyber rail ...
Unfettered Blog
Unfettered Blog

Forecasting where a hacker will go once inside an OT network

Nov. 2, 2023
Work is ongoing in identifying cyber threats, vulnerabilities and locating hacker penetration in electric utility and other OT networks
Isa Mlm 38 A ‘identifying Control System Cyber Incidents’ Has Been Issued
Unfettered Blog

ISA MLM-38A ‘Identifying Control System Cyber Incidents’ has been issued

Oct. 18, 2023
The International Society of Automation (ISA) ISA99, Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security has approved MLM 38A, “Identifying Control System Cyber Incidents”–why ...
Recent Control System Cyber Cases Can Impact Safe Facility Operation
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Recent control system cyber cases can impact safe facility operation

Oct. 4, 2023
Internet Protocol network hacks and ransomware may not be able to be stopped, according to recent cases with Johnson Controls and Bentley-Nevada
Cs2 Ai Podcast On Control System Cybersecurity
Unfettered Blog

CS2AI podcast on control system cybersecurity

Sept. 28, 2023
A discussion on control system cybersecurity from CS2AI's podcast "96: Exploring the Depths of Industrial Cybersecurity with Joe Weiss: A Legendary Return to the Podcast"
Microsoft Australian East Data Center Control System Cyber Incident – Unintentional Or Malicious
Unfettered Blog

Microsoft Australian East Data Center control system cyber incident – unintentional or malicious?

Sept. 14, 2023
Operators of data centers have been primarily concerned about the cybersecurity of the IT data and networks rather than OT and control systems used to monitor and control the ...
Hacking Insecure Process Sensor Systems May Have Affected The Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Site
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Hacking insecure process sensor systems may have affected the Chernobyl nuclear plant site

Aug. 11, 2023
The compromise of Chernobyl’s process sensor readings reinforces the immediate need for the government and industry cybersecurity communities to address the cybersecurity gaps...
A Tale Of Two Cities' Water Attacks
Unfettered Blog

A Tale of Two Cities' water attacks

July 27, 2023
Cyber attacks on water and wastewater facilities in Discovery Bay, California, and Oldsmar, Florida, highlight the industry's vulnerability