Plant safety and security

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Convergence questions answered

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

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

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


  1. 23/08/2021 Having it all!

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 27/04/2020 Stay alert to your vulnerabilities

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

  18. 07/04/2020 Myth busting

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.