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Studying up on CyberSecurity

Cyber Security is probably the largest threat and greatest barrier the industrial automation industry faces. The technology exists to create automated and interconnected machines with ease, but until we can trust and protect the data gathered, automation can never reach its full potential. Continue reading

Make Sure You’re On the Most Recent Version of InduSoft Web Studio for Security Updates

The best way to ensure that your HMI or SCADA application is as secure and stable as possible is to keep up to date with the most recent version of the software. The current version of InduSoft Web Studio is version 8.1 + SP1 or 8.1.1. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Protecting Infrastructure from Zero Day Exploits and Cyberwarfare

While reporting for an upcoming documentary called “Zero Days” by Alex Gibney, a little-known secret Pentagon program named Nitro Zeus was uncovered. Nitro Zeus was created as a fallback plan in the event that nuclear talks between the United States and Iran failed. Under the program, the United States had a contingency plan to use cyber espionage to disable Iran’s air defenses, and communications and power grid. A refined version of the program would focus on the Fordo nuclear enrichment site. Continue reading

State-Sponsored Attacks are Testing Industrial Automation Facilities – Some Tips for Defense

Per a recent US-CERT alert, Russian government-sponsored cyber ‘threat actors’ have been systematically targeting and attacking critical US infrastructure facilities, such as nuclear, water/wastewater, electric grids, and other energy related facilities. These attacks, while not new, are being attributed clearly … Continue reading

Security Bulletin for InduSoft Web Studio 8.0 SP2 P1 and Prior

 A vulnerability was found in InduSoft Web Studio version 8.0 Service Pack 2 Patch 1 and prior versions. This vulnerability does not exist in the most recent version of the software, but it is recommended that those using older versions upgrade as soon as possible to InduSoft Web Studio 8.1. It is always recommended that the latest version of the software be used in order to receive security updates and the latest patches. Maintenance agreements are another way to ensure that your software is always up to date and includes the latest security features.  Continue reading

Don’t Neglect Social Engineering When Implementing Security Measures

Cybersecurity is a critical aspect of plant and machine safety, but all the firewalls and airgaps in existence cannot stop an even more insidious threat vector – social engineering. For highly secure processes that cannot risk a data breach, it’s important to look beyond what can be done on a computer. Continue reading