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Imagine that you’re leading security at a World Cup qualifier. As you try to stay focused amid the bicycle kicks and giant waving flags, you’re thinking about how to keep eyes and ears on the eclectic audience. They’re in their seats for the most part, but they’re speaking different languages, vendors are coming and going, and the game is intense…it’s a hectic environment.

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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is quickly becoming a common business practice in industrial environments as an essential driver of production, efficiency and profit. From an industry perspective, it was estimated manufacturing, utilities and transportation would be the three main verticals using the IoT in 2015 totaling an estimated 736 million connected devices, according to a Gartner report. The same report predicts that number will swell to 1.7 billion connected IoT units by 2020.

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While cyber attacks on information technology (IT) is all too common today—the stealing of customer information, corporate information, IP theft and so on—it is increasing in frequency in industrial settings. The difference is, in an operational environment it’s not information that perpetrators are interested in. It’s physical damage—disruption to operations, harm to people and/or a desire to inflict environmental damage.

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By the buzz at the event, the 20th Annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, FL was a successful show. The conference theme this year was “Industry in Transition: Navigating the New Age of Innovation,” giving attendees a firsthand look at all the industrial innovations that were weaved throughout the sessions. For me, two of the key areas that perked my attention included prescriptive analytics and cyber security, both of which enable new levels of efficiency, productivity and profitability.

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Traditional industries, such as rail, are seeing major leaps in technical advancements. Frank Marcus discusses a cyber security approach to securing transportation systems.

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Industrial automation and control systems have become increasingly connected to internal and external networks. This exposure has resulted in a number of new threat vectors, and we have seen the frequency of cyber attacks grow significantly over the last few years. Given the complexity of Industrial Control Systems (ICS), and the serious impact of downtime in these environments, there are often very limited opportunities to patch vulnerable systems. The challenge of securing these systems calls for a structured and comprehensive approach. 

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Buying a car is not usually a quick process. Car buyers are looking for something specific: coupe, wagon, SUV or mini van; two door, four door; manual, automatic transmission; diesel, turbo; red, white, black or something else. Once a customer knows what they want and need, they have to narrow down to the vendors that best meet those needs. Some may choose to buy from a new car from a dealer; and others may buy used from a dealership or private party.

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On Jan. 15, 2016, Nate Kube, co-founder and CTO of Wurldtech, a GE-owned company and a leader in cyber security for operational technology (OT), joined Justin Fong from Deloitte’s cybersecurity practice and Troy Davidson, a business leader and security strategist on a panel discussion at the JuneWarren-Nickle's Energy Group—GE Group Speaker Series in Calgary, Canada. 

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Cybersecurity Services Webinar Series

Recently Wurldtech hosted a series of webinars to address key issues for improving security posture in OT environments. As more companies expand their use of digitally connected devices to improve performance and drive efficiencies, there is a critical need to implement strategies to improve OT cyber security across the organization. We invite you to explore each webinar.

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