A new approach for more secure industrial networking
An electric utility user argues for more secure authentication for SCADA networks. Video: Chris Sistrunk asks for broader adoption of DNP3 version 5.
With the growing cyber threat landscape related to industrial networks, users and vendors alike are looking for new tools and methods for protecting critical assets. The electric utility industry has been under particular pressure to implement defenses, and in many respects is leading the effort.
At the SANS ICS and SCADA Summit in Orlando last February, Matt Luallen was able to discuss how some utility customers are implementing DNP3 (Distributed Network Protocol), particularly version 5 with its secure authentication features. In the video, Chris Sistrunk, PE, senior engineer of T&D technical services for Entergy, explains his interest in this new capability, and why he hopes more vendors will incorporate it into their products.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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