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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

History of Automation: June 5th, 1977, The Apple II is released

1977 saw the birth of the personal computer, with the release of the Apple II, the TRS-80, and the Commodore Pet. The Apple II featured a 6502 microprocessor, Hi-res and Lo-res color graphics, sound, joystick input, and cassette I/O. It included eight expansion Slots for adding peripherals such as a keyboard. Continue reading

History of Automation: FEBRUARY 05, 1878 – Andre Citroen Revolutionizes the European Automotive Industry

Today marks the birthday of Andre Citroen, the man who would go on to revolutionize the automotive industry for Europe much like Henry Ford did in America. Andre was born in Paris in 1878, and had a tumultuous life as a child. However, his love of engineering was stirred by an interest in the works of Jules Verne and the construction of the Eiffel Tower, and he eventually graduated from the École Polytechnique in 1900. Continue reading