Plant safety and security

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A step towards smart oil platforms

The offshore oil and gas industry, with its remote drilling rigs do not make for the easiest digitalisation projects with harsh conditions, confined spaces, and limited WLAN connectivity.
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Navigating hazardous area safety requirements

Where safety and compliance in hazardous environments are concerned, there are a lot of acronyms relating to standards, directives, and regulations. To help tackle the minefield, safety compliance expert and AEMT lecturer, Peter Rawlinson, looks at the key requirements concerning hazardous environments, what they cover and how they relate to each other.
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Identifying threats and finding solutions

Suzanne Gill investigates the network security threats currently facing the operational technology (OT) environment today.


  1. 30/08/2022 Managing information security

    David Goodfellow offers advice on implementing, and obtaining certification for, an information security management system according to the requirements of ISO/IEC 27001.

  2. 22/05/2022 Standard challenges for IoT devices

    Industry 4.0 adoption is pushing industry towards a more automated, and sophisticated manufacturing process. As devices, systems and processes become increasingly digitalised and interconnected, the Internet of Things (IoT) opens a wealth of opportunities. However, they also present a cyberattack opportunity for criminals, warns Joe Lomako. 

  3. 19/04/2022 Ensuring security for industrial devices

    Key questions about factory-floor and industrial cybersecurity, as IT and OT communication networks rapidly converge, are addressed in a whitepaper from HMS Industrial Networks.

  4. 31/01/2022 Zero Trust in operational technology environments

    Remote access and cybersecurity is already part of everyday life on the IT side. In the industrial production and development environments various jobs can and should also be done externally. Together, Siemens and Zscaler have tackled this issue to bring secure and demand-based remote access to the operational technology (OT) environment – combining perimeter-based cell protection with flexible Zero Trust principles.

  5. 24/01/2022 Ensuring safety in explosive environments

    Rhodri Morgan discussed the requirements and regulations required for equipment used in potentially explosive environments. 

  6. 22/11/2021 Does more need to be done for cyber security?

    Claire Price discusses the current cyber security risks and what the manufacturing and engineering sectors can do to keep their new systems safe?

  7. 16/11/2021 Upgrading legacy alarms

    Ian Loudon explains how Uganda’s largest generator of electricity was able to upgrade its safety-critical alarm systems without having to overhaul the entire site infrastructure.

  8. 27/09/2021 Convergence questions answered

    Suzanne Gill posed some information technology (IT)/ operational technology (OT) questions to a variety of cyber security experts. 

  9. 20/09/2021 Securing converged IT/OT networks

    Martin Jenker, head of cybersecurity at MOXA, offers advice about securing converged IT/OT networks. 

  10. 13/09/2021 Securing your OT network

    Matt Lundberg highlights the importance of locking down your operation technology networks.

  11. 23/08/2021 Having it all!

    Digital transformation and process safety don’t have to be mutually exclusive argues Sophie Silk.

  12. 23/08/2021 The convergence conundrum

    Although a lot is being said about the pro’s and con’s of Operational Technology/Information Technology (OT/IT) convergence, there is often little appreciation of what companies at different stages in their evolution may need to do, argues Edward Kessler.

  13. 12/07/2021 Adapting to a changing risk landscape

    Paul Taylor explains how IEC-62443 can hold the answer to enhancing cyber resilience in smart factories. 

  14. 20/04/2021 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.

  15. 22/03/2021 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.