Securing industrial instrumentation from cyber attacks

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Tim Shaw

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.

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Expo & Tours At Lincoln Financial Field on Feb 9th

At the 2016 DV ISPE SYMPOSIUM & UPDATE WITH SCHEDULES ETC.

Lincoln Financial Field

Lincoln Financial Field

Online  —  This is the ISPE DVC: 26th Annual Symposium and Exhibition – Organized and sponsored by the ISPE Delaware Valley Chapter -Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST) in Philadelphia, PA.

Your ISA Table is at Location 145!

ISPE are excited to announce that after several years of hosting the ISPE Delaware Valley Chapter’s annual exhibitor’s night at Citizen’s Bank Park, they will be relocating the 26th annual edition of this event to Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles!

The education tracks are ready…See below –

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Future City Philadelphia Update

fcOnline — The the Annual Future City competition. originally scheduled for January 23rd, has been re-scheduled for this Saturday, January 30th. This will be our seventh consecutive year of supporting this wonderful student STEM event.

Some Section Members have already registered to participate as a judge for the Philadelphia ISA Jack McGrath-Sam Herb ISA Automation special award – and that Sam will graciously help lead the judging process once everyone arrives.

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Cyber Security for Industrial Facilities

Wednesday 27 January 2016 | Rumsey Electric
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Cyber security is a regular topic on news programs; every week we hear about another breach or cyber attack on commercial and government systems. Critical plant systems must also be made safe from cyber attacks, but many have yet to be made secure. Worse still, some are thought to be secure but actually remain vulnerable.

It is difficult to implement and maintain adequate cyber security–especially in industrial applications. A range of factors contribute to these difficulties (some unnecessarily), which will discussed during the presentation.

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Condition Monitoring in the 21st Century

Mike Ciosys

Mike Ciocys, Technical Service Manager, Pruftechnik

Mike Ciocys did a great job filling in for Dries Van Loon who was unavailable for our December regular meeting. Mike’s presentation explained how new technologies permit more effective monitoring of plant assets worldwide. About a dozen members attended the presentation, which was held in December 16 at Ives Equipment Inc. in King of Prussia.

Ciocys began by describing some history of the company, based in Germany. Essentially Pruftechnik provides technology for monitoring rotating equipment. Early services used precision laser alignment to supplant time-consuming manual techniques. This led to systems for analyzing vibration, imbalances, and oil levels to monitor the condition of plant equipment. Such systems are now available for online, portable, wireless, diagnostic, and remote monitoring. Lastly the company entered the field of non-destructive testing. All these monitoring systems can help prevent unexpected plant shutdowns that can prove to be hugely expensive.

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