Cyber security essentials: Part III

Jan 21, 2015 6:11:00 AM | Posted by Josh Bozeman

The third and final installment of the Cyber Security Essentials series identifies best practices for protecting your internal and external networks, components of well-secured networks, and other dangers to be aware of.

In Parts I & II of this article, we outlined some of the most common cyber attacks, and got some great feedback from an ethical hacker on system architecture that can protect your network. In this final section we’ll finish the interview with a discussion about the weakest link in most networks.

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Cyber security essentials: Part II

Jan 9, 2015 4:22:00 AM | Posted by Josh Bozeman

The second installment of the Cyber Security Essentials series looks at what a robust network security system looks like, with insights from an ethical, professional hacker.

In Part I of this series, we outlined some of the most common cyber attacks and some of the simple ways a user can guard against them. I sat down with an ethical hacker to hash out what robust network security looks like.

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Cyber security essentials: Part I

Jan 7, 2015 11:11:00 AM | Posted by Josh Bozeman

The first installment of the Cyber Security Essentials series introduces the topic of cyber security and outlines the major concepts to be aware of.

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How to upgrade your control system with limited resources, budget

Jan 5, 2015 11:07:00 AM | Posted by Michel Ho

Take advantage of your system integrator’s time and expertise by allowing them to execute acceptance testing methods, freeing up plant personnel.

Are you faced with limited resource and shrinking budget when upgrading your control system? You are not alone. Many of the customers we work with face the same challenges. One way to address both issues at the same time is to have effective factory acceptance testing (FAT) and site acceptance testing (SAT).

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Webinar recap: High Performance–HMI Done Right

Dec 17, 2014 2:00:00 AM | Posted by MAVERICK Leadership Team

Webinar recap: High Performance–HMI Done Right

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Assembling a startup team for success

Dec 16, 2014 5:38:00 AM | Posted by Ryan Harris

Most traditional startup teams are comprised of process engineers, controls engineers, electricians, and mechanists—but don't forget to consider plant personnel, too.

What makes up a great startup team? Many traditional teams are comprised of process engineers, controls engineers, electricians, and mechanists. However, there are additions to the team that should be considered, like plant personal operators, and even shift managers.

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Integrating third-party systems with a DCS

Dec 10, 2014 6:16:00 AM | Posted by Tony Kolluri

Several considerations need to be made when interfacing a distributed control system (DCS) to a third-party system, including the choice between using SCADA or peer-control solutions.

Interfacing a distributed control system (DCS) to a third-party system—let’s say a programmable logic controller (PLC)—is most commonly done via SCADA or peer-control using various communication protocols. While it appears that it’s just a task of getting the data ‘in’ to the DCS, several considerations need to be made to understand the purpose, the data interaction with the DCS points, and the criticality of the data.

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Managing CIP Connections

Dec 2, 2014 8:34:00 AM | Posted by John Boyd

Properly managing your control system CIP connections can help avoid confusion and other complications within a process automation project.

Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) is used on industrial automation application networks—such as Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, and ControlNet—and is supported by ODVA. A CIP connection is a connection between two devices on a CIP-enabled network. This could be between two programmable automation controllers (PACs), between a PAC and a communication module, or between a remote rack communication module and an analog card in its rack (see Figure 1).

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