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The History of Automation: ICS- CERT and US-CERT’s History of protecting Cybersecurity

We’re gearing up to experience Halloween, the spookiest time of the year. There’s little scarier than cyber threats aimed at SCADA and HMI systems, as we recently learned in massive DDoS attacks that targeted IoT devices. That’s why this week, we’re exploring the history of ICS-CERT, and US-CERT, an organization responsible for analyzing and reducing cyber threats, vulnerabilities, disseminating cyber threat warning information, and coordinating incident response activities. Continue reading

The Internet of Things’ Role in Last Week’s DDoS Attacks and How to Protect your Systems

As more details emerge about last week’s massive DDoS attack against DNS Dyn, it’s clear that the lax security in IoT devices is a part of what enabled such a massive attack. While DDoS attacks may not be as serious as data theft or breaches, the events on Friday give us a stark reminder that the IoT is made of internet facing devices that should be as secure as any other system. Continue reading

Process Automation and Instrumentation Market Expected to Reach USD 81.69 Billion by 2020

A report released this month estimates that process automation and instrumentation will grow to almost $82 billion USD within four years, with a CAGR of 4.68%. This massive growth is expected to be fueled by various factors, one of which is the growing demand for software to bring new efficiency to the automation market. Continue reading

Using the IC104 Driver with InduSoft Web Studio

The InduSoft Web Studio IC104 driver is used for IEC-60870-5-104 communications for telecontrol (supervisory control and data acquisition, or SCADA) in electrical engineering and power system automation applications, with the IEC-104 subsection of the standard being suitable for data transfer over Ethernet. Additionally, the control field data of IEC-104 contains various types of mechanisms for effective handling of network data synchronization.

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Cybersecurity for Intelligent Systems

For this Cybersecurity Awareness Month, InduSoft would like to leave you with some practical thoughts and ideas on Cybersecurity that you could incorporate into your InduSoft Web Studio HMI and SCADA projects. For those of you who want to think about these concepts or are already on-board with making your applications cybersecure; these topics and ideas may help you solidify your project design plans. Continue reading