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Industry News: Mobile is the New Desktop, New Crude Rules

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Our weekly industry news keeps you updated on the latest items you need to know. Don’t you want to be the know-it-all by the water cooler? Or impress your co-workers with all the latest facts and stories? Need some witty banter to liven up your Friday meetings? Well we’ve got the news for you. Find out who's the latest to join the BP Board. Take a look at an infographic that details the trends in mobile. Finally, learn the latest manufacturing updates from Kepware.

Race with the Machines, Not Against Them.

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As a futurist and also an automation consultant, I’ve believed in the power of machines for a long time.  I’ve recently watched a TED talk by Erik Brynjolfsson, The key to growth? Race with the Machines. In this talk Brynjolfsson discusses the fear many have in regards to machines and technology. As the machines take more jobs, many think it’s the end of growth, that soon our jobs will be obsolete. He refutes this idea and explains that if we work alongside machines and not against them we can become exponentially more powerful.

Industry News: Havex Threat & Latest Sanctions Against Russia

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A lot has happened this week, and Cimation is here to make sure you're up on the latest headlines with our weekly round-up of Industry News. Learn about the latest tactical mitigation strategies for the Havex Malware threat and the 5 cyber security threats to watch for. Also, find out how recent events and sanctions against Russia are affecting the oil and gas industry. Finally, brush up on the latest automation news and learn how GE brings data insight to other OEMs.

Cimation's Havex Summary Report - Threats & Mitigation

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A previous spot report released by Cimation's ICS Threat Intelligence team provided a threat overview of Havex, the malware family being used for targeted attacks against specific industry sectors. What many reports fail to mention is that this malware code has been altered to specifically target ICS/SCADA systems. Cimation’s concentrated knowledge of ICS/SCADA systems engineering and security provides a unique perspective on this evolving threat. In this newly-released summary report, Cimation's ICS Threat Intelligence and Vulnerability Research Teams expose the operational-level impact and technical indicators of compromise from this attack.

Industry News: ICS Cyber Security Training & Louisiana Gas Impact

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In this week’s Industry News round-up, learn about the latest ICS cyber security training courses released for Cimation University. Find out what economists have to say about the impact Louisiana is having on the energy sector. Also, check out the latest study on security breaches in top critical infrastructure companies.

New Online ICS Cyber Security Training Courses Now Available

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Today Cimation, an operations consulting company delivering secure technology solutions to the global energy industry, announced their release of a new suite of courses available now at Cimation University. Launched earlier this year, Cimation University is an online training platform providing best-in-class ICS cyber security education to operators, engineers, vendors and consultants interested in protecting critical infrastructure. The four, newly-added courses include: Introduction to Information Technology (IT) Systems,  Introduction to ICS/SCADA Systems, ICS/SCADA Security Standards Compliance and Gap Analysis, and SCADA Hacking: Advanced ICS/SCADA Penetration Testing.

Alarm Rationalization & First Steps


After working with clients on their PHMSA CRM Alarm Rationalization programs, it's clear to us that the industry is taking the safety-based goals of this regulatory environment to heart.  PHMSA (The US Department of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) regulates Control Room Management (CRM) for gas and hazardous liquid pipelines regulated under 49 CFR Parts 192.631 and 195.446. These regulations address human factors in alarm management. Let’s face it, when humans are part of the process, mistakes can occur. The goal of alarm management is to enhance pipeline operations and minimize the potential for human error and its consequences. An effective alarm rationalization program is the key to mitigating risk.

Top 4 Safety Tips for July 4th

July 4 Safety tips

It's America's birthday today, and while we encourage everyone and their families to have a good time, we want to remind you to stay safe out there. Cimation values safety and we believe that you can have a great time while keeping safety top-of-mind! We've put together the top 4 safety tips for this long weekend.

Industry News: Russian Hackers Targeting Oil & Gas, July 4 Gas Prices

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In this week's industry news we cover the latest happening in the oil and gas sector. Recently, researchers have discovered the Russian Hackers pose a serious threat to oil and gas companies. Find out how to stay up to date on the latest threat intel. Also, traveling this weekend? Read up on what you might be paying at the pump this July 4th weekend.

Havex Malware Targets ICS/SCADA Systems

Havex ICS/SCADA attacks

The Cimation Threat Intelligence Team has released a spot report providing a threat overview of the malware family known as Havex. After being tracked this past year by Finnish IT security company, F-Secure, their malware lab has discovered an unsettling change. The malware code has been altered to specifically target ICS/SCADA systems. This variant searches for and harvests data that controls ICS/SCADA systems.

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