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ICS- CERT and US-CERT’s Role in protecting Against Cybersecurity Threats

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

MQTT and InduSoft Web Studio – Protocols for IIoT Applications

The Internet of Things requires disparate systems and device-level components to speak to one another seamlessly. However, this level of communication between so many different possible combinations of hardware has been a major challenge to the adoption of Internet of Things (IIoT) architectures. One protocol, MQTT is aiming to become the new standard in IoT and IIoT applications. Let’s look at how MQTT got started: Continue reading

IoT is Expanding Faster than Security Can Keep Up – That Doesn’t Mean Complacency is Acceptable

IoT has truly hit the consumer sphere, and it’s not unreasonable to expect that plants and industrial automation as a whole will soon be incorporating elements of the consumer IoT in the form of camera, motion sensors, thermostats, and more. Whether industrial or consumer grade, it’s rapidly becoming an expectation that the devices we use will be connected to the internet, and that the data they collect will make them more helpful to us. Continue reading