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Nobody Is Doing Anything About Cyber Security

Insiderlogo3At the INSIDER we’ve been saying this for years. The adoption of even basic cyber security actions in the industrial space is very low. Many companies believe that they are “pretty safe” because they are relatively obscure. But I recall a conversation with the head of IT of a regional potato chip company about 7 or 8 years ago: “I never thought anybody would cyber attack us. We make potato chips, for God’s sake.”

Honeywell, which has maintained a very high emphasis on cyber security in the industrial environment for over a decade now, sponsored a report by LNS Research on adoption of cyber security practices.

Here’s the press release with the study’s findings. All we can say is, “Wake up, people!”

The issue has gone beyond lack of knowledge. As Joy Ward, Spitzer and Boyes LLC’s director of research says, if you put together a good intellectual argument, and nobody is buying, you are looking at high emotional barriers. She recommends doing some serious qualitative research to determine what those barriers are, so that the intellectual argument can be adjusted and become effective.

Either that, or we need to prepare for a cyber disaster of enormous proportions.

 

HONEYWELL SURVEY SHOWS LOW ADOPTION OF INDUSTRIAL CYBER SECURITY MEASURES

Almost two thirds of surveyed companies don’t monitor for suspicious behavior

HOUSTON, December 6, 2017 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today released a new study showing industrial companies are not moving quickly to adopt cyber security measures to protect their data and operations, even as attacks have increased around the globe.
The survey – Putting Industrial Cyber Security at the Top of the CEO Agenda – was conducted by LNS Research and sponsored by Honeywell. It polled 130 strategic decision makers from industrial companies about their approach to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and their use of industrial cyber security technologies and practices. Among the findings were:
• More than half of respondents reported working in an industrial facility that already has had a cyber security breach.
• 45% of the responding companies still do not have an accountable enterprise leader for cyber security.
• Only 37% are monitoring for suspicious behavior.
• Although many companies are conducting regular risk assessments, 20% are not doing them at all.
“Decision makers are more aware of threats and some progress has been made to address them, but this report reinforces that cyber security fundamentals haven’t been adopted by a significant portion of the industrial community,” said Jeff Zindel, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security. “In order to take advantage of the tremendous benefits of industrial digital transformation and IIoT, companies must improve their cyber security defenses and adapt to the heightened threat landscape now.”
The study suggests these three immediate actions for any industrial organization to capture the value of the new technologies:
1. Making industrial cyber security part of digital transformation strategies;
2. Driving best practice adoption across people, processes and technology, from access controls to risk monitoring, and tap external cyber expertise to fill gaps
3. Focusing on empowering leaders and building an organizational structure that breaks down the silos between IT and OT.
“Cyber security needs to be part of every CEO’s agenda to ensure the effective, immediate and long-term deployment of strategies and technologies such as IIoT,” said Matthew Littlefield, president and principal analyst, LNS Research. “In short, in order for a business to succeed on its digital transformation journey, it needs to succeed with industrial cyber security.”
LNS Research is a global leader in research and advisory for digital transformation of industry, delivering technology insights for business executives. Its analysts focus on identifying the metrics, leadership, business process, and technology capabilities effecting change.
​Honeywell’s industrial cyber security technologies and expertise address many of the issues identified in the LNS Research study. For more information, please visit https://hwll.co/uhrgs and www.becybersecure.com.

 

Help a Saint Louis FLL (Lego League) Team Do Research!

I received this from the coach of the FLL team:

Phil Speth, Shaw

Please send this far and wide. It isn’t just for St. Louis, but anyone who can take the survey.

Our Lego Team needs your help.
Our 4th Grade Lego Team is looking at how we dispose of medicines.
This year in FLL (Lego Robotics) we are all about our water. One BIG!! problem is the incredible amount of medicines that end up in our water system. To get to the heart of this problem our kids decided to send out a survey to help us all understand the problem and ask everyone to help us do better.

Please take 1 minute to take our survey!! Thanks
https://goo.gl/forms/jAL2v3nunsmzSDws1

Medication Disposal Survey
We are a team of 3rd and 4th graders from SMOS and LPA schools. Our FIRST Lego League team has spent the semester studying Hydrodynamics, building robots, and learning about water. For our final project, we are collecting information from our community. All of your information will be kept anonymous. Thank you for helping us!

Rockwell’s PSUG-The Plant PAx Roadmap

My tweets from Monday afternoon’s roadmap session at PSUG:

Mon, 13:07: Chris Dornan and Jason Wight provide the PlantPAx roadmap— #ROKPSUG

Mon, 13:09: We are members of a secret society called the International Society of Automation #ROKPSUG (why is ISA not a bigge… https://t.co/qVDQhDQLyR

Mon, 13:11: #ROKPSUG Plant PAx 4.5 releases this coming summer.

Mon, 13:13: Kris Dornan begins the deep dive #ROKPSUG https://t.co/uuCPKArFSh

Mon, 13:14: SMART— #ROKPSUG https://t.co/SQ5cONPCoS

Mon, 13:16: New Standard Control Panels #ROKPSUG https://t.co/rLjmKbacHu

Mon, 13:17: Intelligent Packaged Power — #ROKPSUG https://t.co/QOB1PRQ78V

Mon, 13:18: Server consolidation — #ROKPSUG https://t.co/Co9r84LY3e

Mon, 13:21: Redundant PASS server enhancements; DTM support of Ehernet/IP Devices; updated function block diagram editor https://t.co/bSb9BcPg0K

Mon, 13:23: Mod sheet size online — #ROKPSUG https://t.co/VEPoMLEPBh

Mon, 13:24: Productive! https://t.co/gpcCsPiUkX

Mon, 13:27: New productivity tools #rokpsug https://t.co/oCt4pUKbiG

Mon, 13:30: New faceplates; trending integration with alarms; PI Asset framework for process objects — #rokpsug https://t.co/ZcFPISAGQR

Mon, 13:38: More productivity tools— thinmanager integration; mobile alarming interface; updated batch visualization #rokpsug https://t.co/npi1SXaFEQ

Mon, 13:41: Protected— area based security; PRP network support; Redundant communications —#ROKPSUG https://t.co/LhV5C80yPj

Mon, 13:45: And we’ll come fix it for you! #ROKPSUG https://t.co/voCmk9VAQs

Mon, 13:48: “Don’t YOU worry about it! #ROKPSUG https://t.co/pRbxwTC6pC

Mon, 14:10: Rockwell’s new entrant in the I/O sweepstakes. They call it the standard configured panel. #rokpsug https://t.co/ddOdv8yONf

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Rockwell’s PSUG 2017 Kicks Off in Houston!

My tweets from this morning’s PSUG general session:
Mon, 10:37: #ROKPSUG 860 attendees this year. The baby done growed up!
Mon, 10:40: Steve Pulsifer kicks off PSUG https://t.co/kVbjYMckhc
Mon, 10:41: Jim Winter keynotes #ROKPSUG by talking about the connected enterprise.
Mon, 10:42: #ROKPSUG The connected enterprise… https://t.co/GKLzMH7UsZ
Mon, 10:44: #ROKPSUG Enabling IIoT https://t.co/W4sbxiFvii
Mon, 10:47: #ROKPSUG Rockwell calls it the modern DCS https://t.co/4ViiWzHTds
Mon, 10:53: #ROKPSUG Jim Winter says “the cookie demo” is back this yea!
Mon, 10:57: #ROKPSUG John Genovesi speaks!
Mon, 10:58: #ROKPSUG applause for the victims and volunteers of Houston Strong
Mon, 11:01: Genovesi says that Pavilion and Execution (Maverick) businesses did double digit growth…
Mon, 11:03: #ROKPSUG why are digital initiatives important? https://t.co/RiWR7A0Fs9
Mon, 11:06: #ROKPSUG The Connected Enterprise Customer Outcomes https://t.co/xOqsEcKCqB
Mon, 11:08: RT @ManufacturingGL: Despite struggling early in the year, UK #manufacturing sector showing signs of revival https://t.co/RlxKPaIdlq https…
Mon, 11:12: #ROKPSUG https://t.co/9jc1pVkmzG
Mon, 11:15: FactoryTalk Analytics https://t.co/UiVHsdd4kZ
Mon, 11:16: #ROKPSUG Value Streams https://t.co/qcuRvLA4T7
Mon, 11:19: #ROKPSUG Introducing Project Scio—
Mon, 11:21: Project SCIO #ROKPSUG https://t.co/skIkvRlev4
Mon, 11:22: RT @CraigDResnick: #ROKPSUG @ROKAutomation @AutomationFair #Analytics must be #scalable provide #value #Streams #operational #productuvity…
Mon, 11:32: #ROKPSUG iBio CEO Barry Holtz talks about iBio gene sequencing and manufacturing.
Mon, 11:33: Plant production facility- iBio COMO #ROKPSUG https://t.co/uW1DtIUoZU

Computer Crash Takes Out October INSIDER

Insiderlogo3As a result of a normal upgrade of Windows 10, the computer on which we make the INSIDER has suffered a catastrophic failure. According to the repair shop, it isn’t worth repairing, so they are taking the data off for us. It will take about a week to get the data back, and so we have decided to produce an October/November issue at the end of November.

But we’d like to try something different.

Over the next week or so, we are going to post some of the articles that would be in the October issue of the INSIDER on this blog, on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, for everyone to read, whether you are a subscriber or not.

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ISA Election– The Results Are In!

The ISA election is complete—the results are in!
It is our pleasure to share with you the results of ISA’s leader election. Congratulations to all, especially Danaca Jordan, who is a terrific example of a younger member!

Society President-elect Secretary:
Paul Gruhn, P.E., CFSE, aeSolutions, Houston, Texas, USA

Executive Board Member/Geographic:
Nilangshu Dey, Qatar Petroleum, Mesaieed, Qatar
Matthew Maynard, Francis Tuttle Advanced Tech Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Kalpen Vachharajani, Provincial Controls, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada (term is 1 October 2017-31 December 2018)

Executive Board Member/Operational:
Dawn T. Schweitzer, Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York, USA
Marty E. Bince, TEC Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (term is 1 October 2017-31 December 2020)

Executive Board Member/Technical:
Prabhu Soundarrajan, Honeywell Industrial Safety, San Jose, California, USA

Industries & Sciences Department Vice President-elect:
Brad Stephen Carlberg, P.E., CSE, BSC Engineering, Hoodsport, Washington, USA

Professional Development Department Vice President-elect:
Danaca Jordan, Eastman Chemical Company, Chestertown, Maryland, USA

The INSIDER for August 2017 emailed yesterday!

I’ve been fighting off a flu bug, so it was a few days later than I wanted it to be…but it is out. I will be posting some articles from it throughout the month, but if you want to read them now, visit http://www.spitzerandboyes.com/insider to subscribe.

The cover story in the August INSIDER is an Insider Special Report on “Cyber Security in the Age of the Industrial Internet of Things.” I think you will find it thought provoking.

 

Blake Moret Finally Gets the Cherry

After a year of being CEO, the Rockwell Automation Board has finally named Blake Moret to the post of Chairman. He, of course, succeeds Keith Nosbusch in that role, as he succeeded Nosbusch as President and CEO.

Rockwell will continue to have an independent “lead director,” Donald R. Parfet, who said: “Since Blake became CEO and joined the board in July 2016, he has demonstrated that he is exceptionally well-qualified to lead the company and the board. Blake is a champion of the company’s high performance culture with an extraordinary ability to inspire and connect with customers, employees, partners and the leadership team. The board is confident that this leadership structure will continue to drive the company’s success.”

Moret has already done some interesting things, like the acquisition of Maverick Technologies.. The jury is still out on that one.

It is always interesting to watch a major company CEO finding his feet and getting going.

What’s going on at ISA??

Further to the firing of longtime executive director and CEO, Pat Gouhin, lots of familiar faces are no longer there, not just Gouhin. Highly respected events manager Rodney Jones was apparently fired without notice before Gouhin left. Deb Eby, who secretly ran ISA for more years than I care to admit, retired in July, as did Susan Colwell, the Publisher of ISA Books, who announced suddenly she was moving on.

I have also heard rumors that there is significant resistance to Peggy Koon’s appointment as interim Executive Director. Most of the resistance appears to center on her color rather than her accomplishments, which are many and mighty. The resistance appears to be coming from the same group of pointy headed volunteers who didn’t like it when she was ISA president.

What the heck is going on here?

From the outside, it looked like ISA had finally stabilized after thirty years of volunteer vs volunteer and volunteer vs staff infighting. Now it is just as big a mess as when I was on the Executive Board.

Anybody want to enlighten this poor magazine editor and longtime ISA volunteer (still am– am Program Chair for ISA STL section) as to what the (bleep) is going on??? I promise not to name you when I write about this, just like I didn’t name the people who have told me the stuff I wrote above.

Did Gouhin lose his mind? The stories about his last few months in office are very strange and don’t reflect the Pat Gouhin I’ve come to know.

ISA Fires Pat Gouhin, Longtime Executive Director

ISA has announced the firing of Pat Gouhin. I suppose that if you weren’t in the know, this will come as a huge surprise. I heard about it a few days ago and was sworn to secrecy. Now the announcement has been made:

International Society of Automation Plans for New Leadership of Professional Staff
Research Triangle Park, NC (21 August 2017) – The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today that Executive Director and CEO, Patrick Gouhin, will be stepping down. ISA’s President, Steve Pflantz, announced that a Search Committee will be formed in the immediate future to identify Mr. Gouhin’s successor. The selection and announcement of a new Executive Director are expected to occur in the months ahead. Peggie W. Koon, Ph.D., CEO & Founder of Leading Change, LLC, will serve as Interim Executive Director.

“Pat has been our Executive Director since 2006 and has been a dedicated employee of ISA,” Pflantz said. “Under Pat’s leadership, ISA has progressed on many fronts. We will continue to ensure ISA’s long-term vitality as we continue our commitment to advance the profession of Automation. The Board is committed to the strategy work that has been done thus far and is grateful for Pat’s leadership in bringing us to this point.”

“This is an exciting time in the history of ISA, and I am proud of what we have achieved and the work we are doing,” Gouhin said. “A strong foundation has been laid based on the effort of many passionate volunteer leaders and a wonderfully dedicated staff team that will allow the next Executive Director to hit the ground running.”

During his 11+-year tenure at ISA, Gouhin has overseen many significant milestones in the Society’s history, including the expansion of ISA’s brand family to include the founding of The Automation Federation and the Automation Standards Compliance Institute, and the acquisition of digital media powerhouse Automation.com. The world’s only consensus standard for industrial cybersecurity, IEC 62443, was also developed and expanded under his tenure.

Before joining ISA, Gouhin served as the Chief Operating Officer of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He also served as the first Vice President of Operations and Technology Transfer for the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) at Langley Research Center, a start-up resulting from $69 million government contract award to build a world-class research and education institute.

Interim Executive Director Dr. Koon’s experience and expertise lies in strategy development and execution, leadership coaching, and change management. Dr. Koon is the former Vice President of Audience for the Augusta Chronicle/TAC Media, Morris Communications, LLC. She has over 25 years of experience in IT, process control, and process automation for both discrete and continuous process industries. She was a General Motors Scholar, earning a B.A. degree in Mathematics from Smith College. She also completed 2 years of graduate studies in Industrial and Systems Engineering as a General Motors Graduate Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and she has a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Kennedy Western University.

In addition to her experience managing strategic change, Dr. Koon has also been a member and leader at ISA for more than 20 years. She has held a variety of prominent roles in the Society, including Society President (2014), Chair of the Automation Federation (2015), member of the ISA Executive Board (2016), and Chair of Workforce Development for the Automation Federation (2016).

For additional information, contact ISA Director of Marketing & Communications, Jennifer Halsey, at jenniferhalsey@isa.org.