Industrial Automation

ICS Companies Are Worried About Cybersecurity, But Are They Worried About Right Things?

http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/60013/hacking/ics-cybersecurity.html The equipment was expected to be installed and left alone for a long time. Pressures to reduce operating costs led to this equipment being connected, and the easiest networking equipment to find was designed for convenience in a corporate environment — not security in an ICS environment.  This has led to the current situation where malware

Inside an isolated RS-485 transceiver | EDN

http://www.edn.com/design/analog/4458434/Inside-an-isolated-RS-485-transceiver?utm_content=buffer1c35d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Over the past decade, legislation has changed and now requires machinery and equipment operating in harsh environments to implement isolation for their data transmission systems. As a result, the trend away from legacy single-channel isolated systems to applications utilizing multi-channel isolation has led to the introduction of new isolation components. Many of these applications

Cyber risks for Industrial environments continue to increase

http://resources.infosecinstitute.com/cyber-risks-industrial-environments-continue-increase/ Industrial control systems (ICS) are a privileged target of different categories of threat actors. Researchers observed a significant increase of brute force attacks on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. In December, IBM warned of the availability of a penetration testing framework named smod that was used in many attacks in the wild.  Organization in any industry can

Power quality monitoring technology: helping industrial equipment stay healthy | EDN

http://www.edn.com/design/power-management/4458085/Power-quality-monitoring-technology–helping-industrial-equipment-stay-healthy?_mc=sm_edn&hootPostID=510cd8126072cf72f2a2673535aee8d9 According to a recent study published by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), large industrial facilities in the US lose over $100 billion every year due to power problems including power supply variations and voltage disturbances.  When the lights flicker at home, it’s an annoyance. But when power is disturbed at a factory, it