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IACS Cyber Security: A disconnected chemical plant is not the solution
  • 25
    Jan

IACS Cyber Security: A disconnected chemical plant is not the solution

Ciaran Martin, Head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre gave a clear warning this week that a major cyber-attack will take place in the next couple of years. Dramatic, yes. Correct, well hopefully not, but he’s right that many industries are far from cyber secure, and the chemical industry is one of those. On a more positive note, many in the...

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Cyber Security Insights for Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS)
  • 23
    Jan

Cyber Security Insights for Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS)

Welcome to our IACS Insights Hub  If you’re an engineer, an IT Professional, a Site Director or you're in the boardroom, at some point in the near future you'll come face to face with the Health & Safety Executive’s recently released IACS operational guidelines. In response, we've created this dedicated IACS Insights Hub which will utilise our industry knowledge and experience to breakdown the key points from within...

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ENGINEERS, IT PROFESSIONALS OR SITE DIRECTORS – WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR CYBER SECURITY IN THE CHEMICAL-PROCESSING INDUSTRY?
  • 1
    Jun

ENGINEERS, IT PROFESSIONALS OR SITE DIRECTORS – WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR CYBER SECURITY IN THE CHEMICAL-PROCESSING INDUSTRY?

Two years ago the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recognised that the number of malicious and accidental cyber security incidents was increasing rapidly, both in the UK and globally. The HSE’s response was to draft and release new Operational Guidelines for Industrial Automated Control Systems (IACS) which would be followed up with on-site cyber security audits that came...

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EVENT: Cyber Security Insights for the UK’s Hazardous Industries
  • 16
    Mar

EVENT: Cyber Security Insights for the UK’s Hazardous Industries

On Thursday 22nd March the Health & Safety’s Principal Specialist Inspector will meet with the chemical processing industries to outline the new Cyber Security Operational Guidelines for the UK’s hazardous industries. I believe having the HSE’s Principal Specialist Inspector Sarabjit Purewal visit the Wilton Centre here in the North East and talk directly with the people who are...

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Teesside’s talented IT apprentices just need the right platform to thrive
  • 9
    Mar

Teesside’s talented IT apprentices just need the right platform to thrive

I care about the next generation of young people as much as I do about the services I provide to my customers because nothing we do would be possible without them. And, being based in the region I feel I have a responsibility to provide the very best training and opportunities for its youngsters. Throughout the last decade, we’ve...

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The Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) Audits Should Make You Take Cyber Security as Seriously as Process Safety
  • 14
    Feb

The Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) Audits Should Make You Take Cyber Security as Seriously as Process Safety

For anyone involved in the operations of critical infrastructure (such as a chemical plant), if you’re approach to process safety hasn’t changed recently to incorporate cyber security, then in the next 12 months, it certainly will.  Why? Well, 2017 was a catalyst for change in the UK chemical industry with the introduction of IACS Operational Guidelines from the...

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Protection and education of end-users must be the key focus of IACS cyber security strategies
  • 6
    Feb

Protection and education of end-users must be the key focus of IACS cyber security strategies

If the chemical industry, along with manufacturing, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, power, and utilities, is to effectively protect themselves from cyber-attacks, then businesses must have a better understanding of the people who are working in and around their plants.  I know you've heard this line many times before but stay with me on this point. When I say businesses need to know more, I don't just mean how users are interacting with industrial...

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