The process industries have long been characterized by a conservative, belt-and-suspenders approach to safety. This is particularly true for technical professionals charged with the management of industrial control systems — including their connections to smart field devices, remote user applications, business systems and more. Over the past several years, automation technology developers have leveraged commercial off-the-shelf technologies such as Microsoft Windows, Ethernet and Intel chips. These have helped to reduce development times and enhance enterprise interoperability and overall value for plant end users. Along the journey from proprietary to more open platforms, however, have come new complexities. Namely, the risks and realities of viruses, other malware and cyber terrorism. The risks and complexities continue to grow. Companies must consider not only the cost and benefits but the cyber security of the automation components and systems they adopt. How real is the threat? In October 2013, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told top oil and gas industry executives gathered at a summit in Houston, Texas, that it no longer takes an army to fight a war, as the top threat their businesses face in the future is not from physical risks, but cyber attacks. Since then, incidents have continued to proliferate. *(Read more of what he had to say here.)* Fortunately, so have the solutions, including those specifically tailored to industrial process controls and systems. The first thing you can do is to get better acquainted with the latest trends, standards and technologies designed to keep your plant running safely — and you sleeping soundly at night. HONEYWELL-2014-The-Essential-Guide-to-Industrial-Cyber-Security.pdf

HONEYWELL (2014) The Essential Guide to Industrial Cyber Security