Panel Builder System Integrator

CSA

December 11, 2017

Automation is the name of the game for today’s manufacturers and operators of critical infrastructure. The global market for industrial control and factory automation is expected to grow steadily at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4 percent between 2017 and 2023, from its current value of USD 145 billion. Powering this growth is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which allows operators to connect a multitude of individual devices and control systems through wireless networks.

Automated industrial control systems (ICS) offer many benefits, including the ability for an organization to:

  • Easily control and monitor assets remotely;
  • Optimize efficiencies and achieve cost savings;
  • Perform preventative diagnostics to predict failures;
  • Improve scheduled maintenance routines; and
  • Immediately detect and address any faults.

To reap the benefits however, these connected systems must be secure. Cyber-attacks are on the rise as more industries continue to invest in smart technologies. Control systems are also vital to the operation of critical infrastructure, such as our power grids, which are consistently targeted by sophisticated hackers. A breach of any of these systems can have dire consequences, not only to the businesses that operate them, but also their customers and surrounding communities. That’s why the ICS security market size is expected to grow from USD 10.24 billion in 2017 to USD 13.88 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 6.3 percent2.

In some cases, regular IT cybersecurity programs do not offer sufficient protection for ICS. That is because ICS applications control both digital and physical assets—so any malfunction or breach can have a direct impact on the physical world. The health and safety of workers and others nearby can be jeopardized, the environment may also be put at risk, and the businesses operating the system can suffer production losses or have their proprietary information compromised.

Since cybersecurity is essential to the safe and reliable operation of modern industrial processes, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Society of Automation and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommend that ICS security should always be part of broader ICS safety and reliability programs at both industrial sites and in enterprise cybersecurity programs3. Some elements of their recommended strategies for ICS security include:

  • Developing security policies, procedures, training, and educational material
  • Addressing security throughout the entire lifecycle of the ICSImplementing a network topology that has multiple layers, with the most critical communications occurring in the most secure and reliable layer
  • Separating corporate and ICS networks
  • Establishing separate authentication mechanisms and credentials for users of the ICS and corporate networks
  • Restricting physical access to ICS networks and devices
  • Building redundancies in system components and networks
  • Designing critical systems for graceful degradation to prevent catastrophic cascading events

Evidently, both functional safety and cybersecurity are critical to ICS. A safety instrumented system ensures that a corrective device or mechanism is activated once a potentially dangerous condition is detected. That functionality needs to be mirrored by a strong cybersecurity program that can monitor and address potential cyber threats on an ongoing basis.

CSA Group—a leading standards development organization and global provider of testing, inspection, and certification services—offers both evaluation programs.

“In an increasingly digital world, companies are finding that they need both functional safety and cyber security,” says Adam Garner, CSA Group’s global business unit director for the industrial sector. “The two services go hand-in-hand to help ensure the safety of a company’s assets, information, and people, as well as the surrounding environment. You really can’t have one without the other anymore.”

The company’s functional safety evaluation aligns with IEC 61508, the umbrella standard for functional safety of industrial electrical, electronic, programmable electronic devices (E/E/PE) and other safety-related systems. The evaluation provides methods for assessing hazards and risks, establishing necessary safety functions, and defining the appropriate Safety Integrity Level designation to reduce risk to a specified acceptable level.

CSA Group’s cybersecurity services combine its well-established expertise in functional safety evaluation with its long history of working with emerging technologies. These services involve working closely with businesses of all sizes to develop tailored solutions that can help identify potential issues early in the product design phase, and implement security measures to mitigate potential cyber risk. The comprehensive set of tests and evaluations are also based on international standards, such as IEC 62433 Cybersecurity Standards, NIST Guide 800 series, and the ISO 27000 Security Management Standards.

Ultimately, these two evaluation programs work together to offer greater assurance that the products and systems being delivered to market can mitigate cyber threats and help protect the physical world around them.

Contact CSA Group to learn more functional safety and cybersecurity for ICS.


1 Markets and Markets, “Industrial Control and Factory Automation Market by Solution (SCADA, PLC, DCS, MES, PLM, PAM, Functional Safety), Component (Industrial Robots, Industrial 3D Printing, Control Valves, Machine Vision, HMI), Industry and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023”, October 2017.
2 Markets and Markets, “Industrial Control Systems Security Market by Solution (Firewall, Antivirus/Anti–Malware, Identity and Access Management, Security Information & Event Management, DDOS, UTM), Service, Security Type, Vertical, and Region – Global Forecast to 2022”, June 2017.
3 NIST, “Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security”, May 2015.

Changing Scene

  • Prev
  E.B. Horsman & Son and Intec Controls Inc. have announced today that both ...
  ABB remains the number one in the market for distributed control systems (DCS) globally, ...
  ABB has announced actions across three divisions to complete the business model change ...
  The growing demand for electric-powered vehicles means a bonanza for battery production ...
  Schneider Electric has announced that Cybernetic Control Systems will be the ...
  Mike Hutchings has been named Regional Vice President, Sales for its Canada Region. He ...
  ABB has been named as the global market leader in SCADA (supervisory control and data ...
  Data theft from high-profile hacks against companies like Uber and Equifax can cost ...
  RidgeTech Automation Inc. has been recognized as a member of the Manufacturing Automation ...
  Schneider Electric has announced that its Calgary, Alberta and Lake Forest, California ...

 

ABB

ABB has announced a strategic realignment of its global transformer manufacturing, engineering and service footprint to enhance competitiveness in a dynamic market environment marked by increasing competition and consolidation in the rail industry. The move is part of the ‘Power Up’ transformation program in ABB’s Power Grids division.

In the United States, ABB will consolidate its power transformers manufacturing footprint by investing in its South Boston and Crystal Springs units and discontinue production at its unit in St. Louis, Missouri, which will continue to focus on engineering and service activities.

In addition, ABB will establish new traction transformer manufacturing facilities at its South Boston unit to serve rail industry needs. ABB will also expand its medium and large power transformer factory in Varennes, Canada, to better serve the Canadian market.

read more...



 

 HartingHARTING`s compact yet powerful edge computing system MICA (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture) now offers wireless functionality. HARTING teamed with Arrow Electronics, a member of the MICA.network, to develop the MICA Wireless Sensor Networks solution that adds wireless communications to the machine-monitoring system. The two companies unveiled this MICA enhancement at SPS IPC Drives trade show in Nuremberg, Germany.

With the additional module, HARTING MICA is now able to capture and process data through SmartMESH IP (DUST), Bluetooth Low Energy and a XBee slot, regardless of the existing machine controls.

read more

Tools for the Trade

  • Prev
  Delta Controls launches support page for CP2000 variable frequency drives and bypass ...
  ABB Automation Builder is the integrated software suite for machine builders and system ...
  Eaton's Power Xpert Branch Circuit Monitor (PXBCM) provides remote access to live energy ...
  The Fluke 438-II Power Quality and Motor Analyzer adds key mechanical measurement ...
  FLIR infrared cameras make it easy to perform non-destructive inspections that isolate ...
  Lorik Tool & Automation has the experience and ability to manufacture a variety of ...
  The ATS850 conveyor eliminates all types of electro static discharge requirements. ...
  Ideal Industries' T-14 wire stripper s are ideal for all professionals working within the ...
  Klein Tools' Coax Explorrer 2 tests coaxial cable and maps up to 4 locations   ...
Professional all-in-one cutter/stripper for coaxial and twisted pair cables     ...

Peers & Profiles

  • Prev
  Changes are coming hard and fast to the control and automation sectors, obligating a rise ...
  OPUS Automation was founded in 1998 in Ancaster, On and provides robotic and automation ...
  Panel Builder & Systems Integrator was given the opportunity to ask Steve ...
Safety standards in the electrical industry are constantly evolving and requiring that contractors ...
The Redpath Group of mining contractors and engineers, was established by Jim Redpath in 1962, and ...
Applications for electrical control panels and automation have reached nearly every sector ...
  Intermatic is a North American family-owned energy control company celebrating its 125th ...
  Floyd Lau founded Amptek Technologies in 2002 as an end to end engineering design ...
  This year Hammond Manufacturing is celebrating 100 years as a Canadian family run ...

Product News

  • Prev
  Weidmuller introduces a new addition in the Klippon Connect portfolio of products ...
  The SP-DIO84 for samos PRO compact features modular extendibility and provides ...
  Phoenix Contact’s TRIO POWER family now has a wider range of voltage options, as ...
  Manufacturers Automation has announced that Moxa launched MGate 5103 and MGate 5111 ...
  Emerson has launched an innovative new line of power supply redundancy modules delivering ...
  Schneider's Guardian is recognized as a leading automation and control solution for ...
  Are you unable to find the ideal solution in our existing range? No problem: from a small ...
  The radio remote control is designed and produced to achieve superior performance while ...
  Industrial automation customers can improve the data gathered from their machines with a ...
  CARLO GAVAZZI has launched their latest motor thermistor relay in a compact, DIN-rail ...

Wohner

The new Wöhner CrossBoard is the modular system solution with which safe power distribution up to 125A can be quickly and easily realised, especially in machine and plant engineering.

The CrossBoard is available in a width of 225mm and 405mm. Both can be combined with each other or with other Wöhner systems, such as the 60Classic or 30Compact busbar system.

Read more

 

 

 

 


 

 

Kerrwil Publications

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
2016 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil