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Eric Persson, CISSP, CACE

Introduction to ICS Security - Pt. 1 - What is ICS Security and Why it Is Important

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | Industrial Cybersecurity | Feed


Introduction to ICS Security - Pt. 1 - What is ICS Security and Why it Is Important

Over the next couple of blogs, I plan to map out the importance of ICS Security and how it applies to your work environment.  I'll also explain some of our services so that you can see what might pertain to you.

For part 1, I will start from the…

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John Yozallinas, CFSE

Who’s Driving Your Process?

Thursday, August 18, 2016 | Certification | Feed


Who’s Driving Your Process?

When I start working with new customers for IEC 61508 certification projects, it’s easy to understand why they might not have a compliant development process for functional safety:  they’ve never done it before!  They understand their market and their products, but they need help to understand the…

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Dr. William Goble, CFSE

“Never tell me the odds”

Thursday, August 11, 2016 | Functional Safety | Feed


“Never tell me the odds”

-Han Solo, Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980

I have enjoyed watching and reading about the actions of the fictional Star Wars character Han Solo over the years.  I recall hearing the above quotation more than once.  And as much as I enjoyed watching this character,…

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John Yozallinas, CFSE

Functional Safety Evolution

Thursday, August 04, 2016 | Functional Safety | Feed


Functional Safety Evolution

Protection systems have been around for a long time, going back to having a canary in the mine, and throughout the Industrial Revolution; so they are not a new thing.  Various stakeholders were involved in business enterprises: owners, suppliers, consumers, community members, and workers. Usually the business owners held…

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Iwan van Beurden, CFSE

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Practical SIL Target Selection - Risk Analysis per the IEC 61511 Safety Lifecycle

Thursday, June 30, 2016 | Functional Safety | Feed


PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Practical SIL Target Selection - Risk Analysis per the IEC 61511 Safety Lifecycle

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Eric Persson, CISSP, CACE

Network Segmentation and the Fragile PLC

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | Industrial Cybersecurity | Feed


Network Segmentation and the Fragile PLC

One of the best parts of my job is I get to walk around and look over what has been implemented in the way of physical and cyber security. Most of the time I am very impressed by what has been done as more and more companies are realizing…

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Iwan van Beurden, CFSE

The Meaning of Tool Integration

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | Software | Feed


The Meaning of Tool Integration

What does tool integration mean? One can argue it is the ability for different tools to talk to each other and exchange data. Though this may be true from a typical software tool integration, a common definition of integrate, i.e. to bring together or incorporate (parts) into a whole…

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John Yozallinas, CFSE

Let’s Get Personal… with Risk

Wednesday, June 08, 2016 | Functional Safety | Feed


Let’s Get Personal… with Risk

We recognize that risk is inherent in many aspects of our lives.  And most of us will do what is prudent to avoid unreasonable risk in our activities, such that we are left with some level of tolerable risk.  It may be safer to stay home and not travel…

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Dr. William Goble, CFSE

Are All Field Devices Type A?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | Certification | Feed


Are All Field Devices Type A?

I was told by an end user engineer that he considers all field devices to be simple Type A devices.  In IEC 61508, Type A is defined as a device with well-defined failure modes, well known failure rates, and behavior under fault conditions that can be completely determined.  Type…

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Iwan van Beurden, CFSE

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: exSILentia® – PHA / PHAx™

Monday, May 23, 2016 | Software | Feed


PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: exSILentia® – PHA / PHAx™

Each month at exida, we strive to spotlight one of our products that makes the job easier for today's industry professional.  In this blog, I wanted to talk about the PHAx module as part of our exSIlentia Safety Lifecycle Suite.

Process Hazards Analysis (PHA)

Process…

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Steve Gandy, CFSP

Are You Ready For What’s Coming?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Functional Safety | Feed


Are You Ready For What’s Coming?

If you’re like me then you’ve been waiting for the new draft of IEC 61511 to be officially issued since its release has been delayed for some time.  However, a draft has been released and can help in preparing end users for what’s to come.  The question…

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John Yozallinas, CFSE

What Good is a Safety Manual?

Friday, May 06, 2016 | Functional Safety | Feed


What Good is a Safety Manual?

Many products have options and features that are valuable to users.  But not all these features should be permitted while the product is performing a safety function.  For example, HART communications should not be permitted to write data to a transmitter while it’s performing the safety function.  If you…

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Michael Medoff , CFSE, CISA

The Road to More Secure Products

Thursday, April 21, 2016 | Industrial Cybersecurity | Feed


The Road to More Secure Products

As the incidence of cybersecurity threats in industry continue to rise, the automation world continues to grapple with how to address these issues.  There are many good practices available to end users such as creating demilitarized zones between the business network and the industrial network, banning the use of…

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Todd Stauffer

New Version of ISA-18.2 Alarm Management Standard Is Released (2016)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | Alarm Management | Feed


New Version of ISA-18.2 Alarm Management Standard Is Released (2016)

The new and updated version of the ISA-18.2 standard (ANSI/ISA-18.2-2016, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries) has now been officially released. This supersedes the original edition (2009). The new version incorporates feedback from 6+ years in the "field" and includes some updates based on the IEC 62682…

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Iwan van Beurden, CFSE

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Safety Equipment Reliability Handbook, 4th edition

Monday, April 18, 2016 | Functional Safety | Feed


PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Safety Equipment Reliability Handbook, 4th edition

Each month at exida, we strive to spotlight one of our products that makes the job easier for today's industry professional.  In this blog, I wanted to talk about our latest edtion of the SERH (Safety Equipment Realiability Handbook)

The SERH provides a collection of failure rate data…

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