Cybersecurity Controls for the Manufacturing Environment

The endless barrage of cybersecurity attacks and data breaches in recent history is cause for concern for every company in every industry including manufacturers. Perhaps especially manufacturers – since manufacturing may be the only industry where a cyber-attack may result in explosions or even car crashes. For example, in 2014 attackers disrupted the plant control systems in[…]

Backup and Disaster Recovery in the Manufacturing Environment

Manufacturers make money from production. If production stops so does revenue. Orders may not be delivered on time, delays happen, customers are unhappy, and the company loses money. Because manufacturers are increasingly reliant upon technology to complete production and technology will fail at some point it is vital to have a backup and disaster recovery (DR)[…]

Managing User Access in the Manufacturing Environement

Managing user access in the manufacturing environment, especially at the plant level, is tricky. Unique machinery and production requirements call for specific skills and infrastructure that may not be supported centrally by corporate managers.  This means that many plants must operate as independent sub-businesses within a larger corporation.  Thus, governance and control of critical plant infrastructure and machinery is[…]

Managing Changes in the Manufacturing Environment

Engineers face unique problems when it comes to making changes to equipment on the manufacturing floor. Not only are there large (and expensive) components which have to be precisely installed and tested, but from a programming perspective, engineers also have to manage the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller). The PLC, like source code, contains the specific[…]