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Patrick Nixdorf

Patrick Nixdorf is a System Engineer for Garland Technology in the Frankfurt, Germany office, providing pre and post-sales support, as well as solution design for EMEA and APAC. He has over 10 years of experience in the networking industry, primarily in the TAP business.

Recent Posts

The Legacy Effect on Industrial Networks

on 4/12/18 8:00 AM By | Patrick Nixdorf | 0 Comments | Network Design Industrial Ethernet Network TAPs
If you read enough articles about the evolution of industrial networks, you might think the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is set to take over the world. And while it’s important to plan ahead for the significant changes that IIoT will require, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
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The State of Industrial Ethernet and Industrial Internet of Things in 2018

on 3/15/18 8:00 AM By | Patrick Nixdorf | 0 Comments | Industrial Ethernet
Lack of budget, unclear path to ROI, imperfect strategic vision, interoperability problems. These are just a few of the reasons why the shift to Industrial Ethernet has been slow. But while industrial leaders could make do without Industrial Ethernet in the past, it’s becoming increasingly essential.
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Surprise—Copper Cables Still Dominate Industrial Networks

on 2/27/18 8:00 AM By | Patrick Nixdorf | 0 Comments | Industrial Ethernet Network Infrastructure
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 Industrial Ethernet and how network architects can best approach their connectivity options.
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How to Defend Against TRITON Industrial Malware

on 1/25/18 8:00 AM By | Patrick Nixdorf | 0 Comments | Hacks and Data Breaches Industrial Ethernet
For all the concerns over Industrial Ethernet and IIoT security in recent years, there aren’t many identified malware families poised to take down critical infrastructure. In fact, since the 2010 Stuxnet attack in Iran, there have only been a handful of unique malware kits in the industrial sector. However, security researchers recently uncovered the latest malware targeting critical infrastructure—TRITON.
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[Video] Network Connectivity: Industrial Ethernet

on 1/18/18 8:00 AM By | Patrick Nixdorf | 0 Comments | Industrial Ethernet
In our recent webinar with Palo Alto’s Fuel User Group on network connectivity, we went over two main topics, one on Cabling and Connectors, and the other on 100M Copper networks in Industrial Ethernet environments.
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7 Challenges for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Adopters

on 7/20/17 8:00 AM By | Patrick Nixdorf | 0 Comments | Industrial Ethernet
Businesses are in a constant battle to balance the benefits of new technology with the risks of increasingly sophisticated data breaches. But things are a bit different for those responsible for critical infrastructure. The pressure to make everything “smart” keeps heating up. However, adopting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) won’t do you much good if “smarter” control machinery doesn’t prove reliable.
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