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Consultant Tim Shaw explains adequate cyber security for industrial plants
At our January meeting, Tim Shaw, consultant and chief security and automation architect for industrial automation and control systems, presented an excellent talk on the topic of cyber security for industrial facilities.
Held at Rumsey Electric Co. in Conshohocken, PA, the meeting drew about 30 members.
Shaw made the point the industrial facilities should mostly be concerned with adequate cyber security. Hacking is more of a problem with IT since it’s generally aimed at computers and popular operating systems. Security in the IT realm is highly specialized and costly. Industrial facilities must be smart about security to minimize costs and follow common sense.
He stressed that industrial facilities have issues that are outside the experience and expertise of conventional IT departments and consultants. “A one-size-fits-all IT-like approach to cyber security leads to unnecessary complexity and frustration in an industrial facility,” says Shaw.