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How to Choose the Right Cables for Your Industrial Ethernet

Posted by Patrick Nixdorf on 4/6/17 8:00 AM

It’s easy to get ahead of ourselves when we talk about the Industrial Ethernet. You look at the ever-growing reality of the Industrial Internet of Things and the longstanding concerns for security in these networks and you start to take this level of connectivity for granted.

However, so many companies are only just starting their Industrial Ethernet journeys. As you upgrade your network, choosing the right cabling will be critical to ensure you don’t disrupt traffic in the process.

Choosing cables for standard office settings can be hard enough—but when you’re upgrading to Ethernet in an industrial setting, keep these 6 points in mind.

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Topics: Network TAPs, Industrial Ethernet

Industrial Ethernet Basics—What the Convergence of IT and OT Really Means

Posted by Patrick Nixdorf on 10/25/16 8:00 AM

In previous blogs about the Industrial Ethernet, we’ve touched on the growing internet connectivity of traditionally offline systems and what that has meant for security. For some, the context of Industrial Ethernet security concerns can get lost in the mix of news articles surfacing regarding critical infrastructure cyber attacks.

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Topics: Industrial Ethernet

Surprise—Copper Cables Still Dominate Industrial Networks

Posted by Patrick Nixdorf on 10/4/16 9:00 AM

We’ve been talking a lot about the security implications of the industrial Ethernet as traditionally closed networks adapt to demands for improved bandwidth and open connectivity.

However, cyber attacks aren’t the only things that can bring an industrial network down—you have to make sure you have the right approach to network connectivity as well.

Let’s take a look at why copper cabling is so popular for the industrial Ethernet and how network architects can best approach their connectivity options.

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Topics: Network Infrastructure, Industrial Ethernet

Is Your Industrial Control System Secure? Probably Not

Posted by Patrick Nixdorf on 9/15/16 8:00 AM

With attacks on critical infrastructure similar to last year’s Ukraine power grid hack on the rise according to recent reports, it’s easy to point blame at the stack of security solutions. We’ve talked about the vulnerable nature of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, but these are just one piece of the larger industrial control systems (ICS) category.

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Topics: Industrial Ethernet

A Glimmer of Hope for Industrial Security in 2016

Posted by Patrick Nixdorf on 8/9/16 8:00 AM

Creating the smart grid for critical infrastructure is becoming increasingly feasible from an economic standpoint.

For the oil and gas industry this could mean greatly-reduced operating costs and more efficient fuel consumption.

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Topics: Industrial Ethernet

Real Time Passive Monitoring is the Smarter Solution

Posted by Patrick Nixdorf on 6/28/16 8:00 AM

Our infrastructure is at risk. In 2013, an Iranian hacker broke into the flow control mechanism for a dam in upstate New York. Only the fact that the dam itself was broken prevented him from remotely controlling the structure.

In Ukraine, a variant of the BlackEnergy virus was used to shut down part of the country's power grid.

The message is clear—hackers are increasingly turning their attention towards the everyday miracles that provide us with water and electricity, and those systems are wide open.

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Topics: Hacks and Data Breaches, Industrial Ethernet