Plant safety and security

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Adapting to a changing risk landscape

Paul Taylor explains how IEC-62443 can hold the answer to enhancing cyber resilience in smart factories. 
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Taking steps to ensure secure OT environments

What can engineers do to protect their processes and plants from cyberattack? Suzanne Gill asked for suggestions from a variety of industry specialists.
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Securing OT systems against cyber-attack

As the worlds of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) continue to merge the demand for security measures to protect OT networks is growing. David Bean looks at some fundamental aspects that need to be considered.


  1. 25/01/2021 Understanding the ATEX and IECEx schemes

    Lee Ray looks at the standards that need to be adhered to in relation to environments which pose a risk of fire or explosion.

  2. 23/11/2020 Safety over networks: Where connectivity meets productivity

    Dr Martin Kidman discusses the issues relating to machine safety in an era of greater machine connectivity.

  3. 13/10/2020 The optimal route to smart manufacturing?

    Emilie Lerche Fenger and Marco Zampolli explain the importance of a cybersecurity strategy in digital plants.

  4. 05/10/2020 Industrial cybersecurity is a game without end!

    The constant cyber threat is now a fact of life and everyone needs to have an understanding of data protection, argues Rainer Brehm, CEO of Factory Automation at Siemens Digital Industries.

  5. 15/09/2020 Reasons for system integrators to comply with IEC 62443

    Massimiliano Latini explains why system integrators need to ensure that their automation systems are IEC 62443-compliant to adhere to international cybersecurity requirements.

  6. 15/09/2020 Securing the IoT by design

    Joe Lomako offers advice on the preventative measures that can be taken to secure processes against cyber attacks.

  7. 08/09/2020 Looking to the future

    Alexandre Peixoto and Rick Gorskie discuss some simple strategies to achieve the most value from cyber risk assessments.

  8. 01/09/2020 Guidelines for securing industrial networks

    Because component suppliers are playing an increasingly important role in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks, it is useful to understand the security requirements they must meet when designing devices for deployment on them. Susan Lan reports.

  9. 27/07/2020 Overcoming lubricant challenges

    Phil Burge discusses the importance of using the right lubrication in the right application, and looks at technological advancements designed to reduce bearing wear and corrosion.

  10. 15/06/2020 Don’t neglect ESPE inspections

    Lee Ray highlights the importance of regular inspection and testing of electro-sensitive protective equipment.

  11. 05/05/2020 Cybersecurity: An indispensable digital transformation co-pilot

    To drive operational efficiencies, improve performance or to gain a competitive edge, digital transformation is being adopted in almost in every operational technology (OT) environment. This means that, to safely connect plants and sites –irrespective of whether it an on-premise or off-premise solution – cybersecurity is not optional, says Arun Veeramani.

  12. 27/04/2020 Stay alert to your vulnerabilities

    David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky answers questions about industrial cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

  13. 07/04/2020 Myth busting

    Alvis Chen shares some best practice advice to help enhance industrial network security.

  14. 02/03/2020 Incorporating resilience in safety and control layers

    In recent years, large-scale professional cyberattacks and chip hardware vulnerabilities affecting industrial plants around the globe have clearly shown the need for the process industry to take segregation and cybersecurity more seriously says Rehan Ahmad and Shafeekh Rahiman.

  15. 18/02/2020 Enhancing safety with mobile solutions

    The goal of enterprise mobility solutions is to network people, plants and systems, using data as efficiently as possible. The use of intrinsically safe smart devices can help improve productivity and the safety of employees, says Dietmaer Deppisch.

  16. 03/09/2019 Get wise to cyber threats

    Suzanne Gill finds out more about the cyber security issues that face industry today and gets advice on the steps that should be taken to ensure greater plant level security.

  17. 03/09/2019 Functional Safety: a technology challenge

    Today components and systems frequently become available which are too technologically advanced for current standard requirements and cannot support the assessment of device functional safety appropriately. Suitable approaches are therefore required to protect systems against unauthorised access and safety-relevant manipulation of the safety functions embedded within hardware and software, argues Stewart Robinson MIET MInstMC.

  18. 01/04/2019 NIS: not just a compliance exercise

    Phillip J Corner discusses some shortcomings of the NIS directive, arguing that, while it focuses on technology, good governance is equally vital to manage security.

  19. 25/02/2019 Safe operation of flameproof motors in explosive atmospheres

    Maintenance and inspection of flameproof motors is critical to ensure safe operation. Pedro Maia offers advice on keeping them in good working order.

  20. 17/12/2018 Preventing incidents: Effective process safety management

    To prevent dangerous process incidents from occurring, facilities should employ effective communication, provide workers with appropriate training, and have strong and up-to-date policies and procedures in place. Gregory Hale highlights 11 key principles.