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Rockwell Automation Introduces Comprehensive Industrial Security Initiative

Rockwell Automation today announced an initiative to help manufacturers reduce security risks to control systems in response to growing cyber-security threats. The initiative will help automation and IT professionals more effectively secure their industrial processes with a combination of control system design and best practices, contemporary technologies and professional services from Rockwell Automation and its strategic partnerships, including Cisco.

“The rapidly evolving nature of the industrial security landscape makes it critical that today’s manufacturers view security as an ongoing business imperative, rather than a one-time investment event,” said Sujeet Chand, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Rockwell Automation. “A more secure network infrastructure will allow manufacturers to deploy contemporary technologies and emerging solutions, like mobility, virtualization and cloud computing, while still performing mission-critical automation functions. Rockwell Automation is dedicated to providing the technologies and resources that will help facilitate the design and management of a secure connected enterprise.”

Three-pronged Rockwell Automation initiative is designed to achieve a secure connected enterprise through the following:

Defense-in-Depth Methodology: Addressing both internal and external threats by forming multiple layers of defense which help mitigate various types of risks. The Rockwell Automation defense-in-depth approach employed in an industrial control system design and operation helps manufacturers by establishing processes and policies that identify and contain evolving threats in industrial systems.

Secure Automation Architecture: The industrial control system represents the heart of production, and the security of information used for control, configuration and monitoring is critical. Rockwell Automation is committed to providing an evolving set of products and services that help to reduce risks, and better protect and enhance the security of your production assets. From active consulting engagements to specific product offerings, such as managed switches, secure communications, user authentication and access control, and end-point capabilities for tamper proofing and tamper evidence, Rockwell Automation is continuing to make investments to bring security practices and products to its customers.

Enterprise-Ready Industrial Security Solutions: By teaming with Cisco and other industry leaders in physical network designs and software applications, Rockwell Automation is addressing both IT and industrial automation security challenges. Leveraging open-standard technology, Rockwell Automation and Cisco are helping manufacturers build a unified, secure environment from the enterprise to the end device on the plant floor. Together, the companies advocate for a common network architecture approach that helps decrease inconsistencies in network protocols, security practices and training. In the future, Rockwell Automation and Cisco will offer guidance on topics, such as resilient network design, access control, contextual identity management and protection of assets, through a portfolio of jointly developed industrial products and industrial control system security resources.

“Rockwell Automation and Cisco are leading the way in helping manufacturers recognize that information security spans from the plant floor through the enterprise,” said Guido Jouret, vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things business unit for Cisco. “It’s important to take what we’ve learned in the IT space and educate manufactures on the business value associated with taking a consistent and seamless approach to security. Together we’re delivering expertise and solutions to help secure their important physical and intellectual assets in a world with dynamic security threats.”

The industrial security initiative from Rockwell Automation is based on a multilayer network design approach that combines resiliency in the infrastructure with security-enabled, end-point devices to help manufacturers establish a sustainable security culture, conduct comprehensive security assessments, and deploy a robust security infrastructure across both automation and industrial IT assets. Core to the initiative is implementation of a secure network infrastructure based on the use of the standard Internet Protocol (IP).

For more information on best practices for security and defense strategies, download the Rockwell Automation and Cisco white paper on design considerations for securing industrial automation networks.

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“Rockwell Automation and Cisco are leading the way in helping manufacturers recognize that information security spans from the plant floor through the enterprise,” said Guido Jouret, vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things business unit for Cisco. “It’s important to take what we’ve learned in the IT space and educate manufactures on the business value associated with taking a consistent and seamless approach to security. Together we’re delivering expertise and solutions to help secure their important physical and intellectual assets in a world with dynamic security threats.”

The industrial security initiative from Rockwell Automation is based on a multilayer network design approach that combines resiliency in the infrastructure with security-enabled, end-point devices to help manufacturers establish a sustainable security culture, conduct comprehensive security assessments, and deploy a robust security infrastructure across both automation and industrial IT assets. Core to the initiative is implementation of a secure network infrastructure based on the use of the standard Internet Protocol (IP).

For more information on best practices for security and defense strategies, download the Rockwell Automation and Cisco white paper on design considerations for securing industrial automation networks.

- See more at: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=196186&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=1840310#sthash.7p3LHr52.dpuf

EXIDA Certifies DET-TRONICS® FlexSonic ACOUSTIC Gas Leak Detector for Functional Safety

exida, the global leader in functional safety certification for the process industries, has certified the Det-Tronics FlexSonicTM Acoustic Gas Leak Detector for functional safety, ensuring that they meet the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 capable per IEC 61508.

“Det-Tronics has created practical technology for acoustically detecting high pressure gas leakage,” said Hal Thomas, exida Senior Safety Application Engineer. “Given the concern over gas sensor effectiveness and detection time, this product should provide significant safety improvement in the right applications.”

“During the witnessed performance testing and fault injection testing, it was impressive to see this instrument in action,” said Dr. William Goble, exida Certification Evaluating Assessor. “Det-Tronics has a strong, detailed design and testing process which was fully audited during the certification process.”

“exida has the technical capabilities to evaluate new technology like the FlexSonicTM detector,” said Mark Gaalswyk, Det-Tronics Senior Compliance Engineer. “exida has the experience and reputation to provide a trusted certification which our customers depend upon for their critical applications.”

Moxa gest UL/cUL Class I, Division 2 & ATEX certifications for ioLogik E1200 series Ethernet remote I/Os

Moxa has obtained both UL/cUL Class I, Division 2 and ATEX Zone 2 certifications for the ioLogik E1200 series Ethernet remote I/Os. These robust remote I/Os will not only continue to meet demanding requirements for a variety of mission-critical applications in harsh environments, but also provide proven safety and reliability for remote monitoring in hazardous locations.

Fires and explosions can easily occur when a flammable gas and energy source combine. Therefore, automation system components need to be properly designed to be installed in these kinds of hazardous environments to eliminate the risk of an accidental explosion. Moxa's UL/cUL Class I, Division 2 and ATEX Zone 2 certified Ethernet remote I/O products are designed to provide an industrial-grade solution to monitor remote devices used in harsh environments. Check out the product page for more details.

Key Features

  • Active communication with patented Active OPC Server
  • 2-port Ethernet switch for daisy-chain topologies
  • Save time and wiring cost with peer-to-peer communication
  • User-defined Modbus/TCP addressing
  • UL/cUL Class I, Division 2 and ATEX Zone 2 certification

 

exida Certifies DETCON TP700 GAS DETECTOR for Functional Safety

exida, the global leader in functional safety certification for the process industries, has issued a functional safety certification per IEC 61508 for the Detcon TP 700 Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Detector.

“The TP 700 design process met SIL 2 requirements showing a good level of design integrity,” says exida Certification Evaluating Assessor John Yozallinas. “The FMEDA analysis was verified with solid field failure data and fault injection testing.”

“We chose exida because they have in depth knowledge of IEC 61508 that goes beyond the others we were considering,” says Detcon President Bob Masi. “exida showed us a path through this complex standard.”

ISA introduces an advanced industrial cybersecurity course

Leveraging its world-wide leadership and expertise in industrial automation and control systems security standards and training, the International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces the introduction of its new, upper-level course, Advanced Industrial Cybersecurity (TS13).  This technical training course—which made its debut in March—capitalizes on ISA’s well-established, in-depth knowledge of industrial networks and applications, and cybersecurity standards that detect, assess and prevent security threats in industrial settings.

Students will learn how the ANSI/ISA99 (IEC 62443) Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security standards—developed by a cross-section of international cybersecurity subject-matter experts from industry, government and academia—provide comprehensive cybersecurity capabilities in all industry sectors.  Given the interconnectivity of today’s advanced computer and control networks—where vulnerabilities exploited in one sector can impact and damage multiple sectors—the ANSI/ISA99 (IEC 62443) standards are particularly effective since they are broadly applicable across industries.

“In today’s industrial production environments, the risks of cyberwarfare are growing and represent serious threats,” says Larry Thompson, an industrial network and control systems consultant and ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®), who developed this new course. “There have been many serious cyberattacks throughout the world. Everyone involved in system-wide industrial networking and SCADA systems should take this course. The stakes are simply too high to not be prepared.”

The course covers the latest developments in cybersecurity, including practical guides to the design, implementation and testing of industrial networks and applications to ensure their security and reliability. Topics include the use of Internet technologies, web servers, TCP/IPV6, fiber optics, intrusion protection systems (IPS), virtual private networks (VPNs), firewall configuration and cryptography.

“This is a great class with an excellent instructor,” says student Chih Shen. “I am more sober to the attack scenarios out there in the wild, and more confident that I have the knowledge to defend against them.”

As part of the course, students participate in a variety of hands-on laboratory exercises, which include configuring industrial network security parameters and settings, utilizing security diagnostic tools and employing various troubleshooting tactics.  In developing the course, Thompson drew upon his vast experience in industrial data communications and encryption. Throughout his many years in automation, Thompson has served as a technician, technical trainer, test engineer, test engineering supervisor and course developer in electronics, measurement and control and computer networking.

To view a schedule of upcoming offerings and to register, visit www.isa.org/2013PR/TS13