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Welcome to the Smart Grid—Time to Set Up Your Security Devices

Posted by Chris Bihary on 5/9/17 8:00 AM

The demand for more greater energy efficiency and the commoditization of connectivity have made the smart grid an inevitability.

It’s easy to get caught up in the rush for smart grid support. However, while the world analyzes the efficiency of a more connected utilities industry, you’re left wondering how to maintain security.

The era of the smart grid is here—it’s time we focus on making security practical.

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Topics: Network TAPs, Industrial Ethernet

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

Hijacking Healthcare: Is DTSec the Solution for IoT enabled devices?

Posted by Tim O'Neill on 9/13/16 8:00 AM

The recent jump in cyber attacks against the healthcare industry—especially ransomware attacks—aren’t a coincidence. The reality is that the healthcare industry presents the perfect opportunity for attackers.

A balance of valuable personal data and hospitals that simply aren’t prepared for advanced attacks

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Topics: Network Security, Industrial Ethernet