cybersecurity

Why is Software Defined Networking So Important?

When it was revealed that the Russian-backed Conti group had carried out a cyberattack that caused the country of Costa Rica to declare a national emergency, the deeply consequential nature of such an incident and threat was solidified. While one case, the attack, which impacted financial and governmental organizations, highlights a much larger trend. Cybercriminals …

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Is Defense in Depth Still Relevant for OT?

Evolution, Not Revolution Over the last 10 years there has been increasing awareness across all industrial sectors, that cyber criminals are looking for additional victims. Companies have worked with their IT groups and their OEM vendors to implement basic security controls such as perimeter firewalls, anti-virus and systems patching. But is this enough? The answer …

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Software Defined Networking – “The Next Big Thing in OT”

“Software Defined Networking(SDN) is the next big thing in OT”. That’s what Dave Whitehead, CEO of Schweitzer Engineering Labs told me when I asked why SEL has invested in Veracity Industrial Networks. As we continued our discussion it became clear that not much has evolved in the OT networking space over the last 10-15 years. …

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The Industrial Sector: The Most Targeted, The Least Prepared

With the prolonged conflict between Russia and Ukraine, cyberattacks remain a prominent concern for many experts. [redacted] CTO Matt Georgy even wrote an article for Forbes discussing this topic as a cyber version of the Cold War. Among the areas most at risk is the industrial sector. Although there have been responses, including the “Shields …

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Developing a Proactive Cybersecurity Strategy for OT

The age of digitalization for industrial companies is here. As more and more facilities transition their operations to this setup, they must undertake one essential mission. That task is to develop a proactive cybersecurity strategy for OT. Why is this so important? And what are some suggestions for doing so? Let’s dive in. IT-OT Integration …

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Protecting the Energy that Fuels our Nation

Around a year ago, a central energy operator in the Queensland region of Australia experienced a detrimental incident that left nearly 470,000 homes and businesses across the area without power. A number of functions were affected down to the traffic lights. Situations like this can come with dangerous consequences. And they are certainly not unique …

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