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Posted by: Katherine Brocklehurst on September 20, 2016

The SANS 2016 State of ICS Security Survey Report indicates that many of the ICS professionals who responded to the survey have new job titles such as ICS cyber security program manager, ICS security project manager, IT/OT architect and director of cyber security for building and facilities systems.

This trend indicates that industrial cyber and cyber-physical security is a rising priority and industrial companies are beginning to assign staff with ICS security responsibility. While attending the recent EnergySec 12th annual security summit held in Anaheim, California on August 22-24, I spoke to many ICS operations attendees with new job titles and security responsibilities reflecting this priority. They had come to EnergySec for information sharing and practical guidance on the security challenges they’re facing.

While there I had a chance to ask EnergySec’s new president Steve Parker a few questions about EnergySec, trends, concerns and the state of ICS security within power and energy critical infrastructures.

For those of you who may not be familiar with this non-profit organization, they are approaching 1500 members and 470 member organizations, have achieved SANS Institute awards, and a good history of their grass-roots founding over a decade ago is posted on their website.

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: Qing Xu on September 16, 2016

Speed: It’s what everyone in our industry ultimately craves. When networks are fast, many things happen: work is completed quickly, customers are happier, frustrations are kept to a minimum and unplanned downtime doesn’t negatively impact business performance.

In our conversations about speeding up networks, one phrase is becoming more common: content delivery network (CDN). Content delivery networks can enhance network performance across the globe in a simple platform. Here, we explain what a CDN is, why it’s being used and how it impacts speed and bandwidth.

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Tags: Hyperscale Data Centers

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: Warren McCarty on September 15, 2016

Are data centers going away? That’s what many are wondering as cloud computing continues to creep into the enterprise.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Thomas Schoepf on September 14, 2016

Companies and countries around the world are competing to increase their market share in all manufacturing sectors. A key way to compete is through the use of digital technologies such as those of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The German governments’ strategy for computerized manufacturing, Industrie 4.0, envisions smart factories that are interconnected and intelligent, producing only what’s needed. In these factories, the majority of control occurs at the field-level and utilizes “plug-and-produce” devices.

In previous articles in this series, we looked at the trends driving the development of plug-and-produce products, the key benefits of them and some applications examples. We also reviewed the initial types of plug-and-produce devices and their characteristics.

Now let’s turn to the pitfalls to avoid when selecting field-level plug-and-produce products and the solutions that Belden offers for this next generation of manufacturing systems.

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on September 09, 2016

Every installer has his or her own tips and tricks for installing a BNC connector on coax cable. But when bad habits lead to having to re-terminate connectors, labor time and scrap costs increase – and so does frustration.

Even in cases where the connection technically works, it may still negatively affect system performance. Discover the 13 most common BNC connector installation pitfalls and how avoid them in this article.

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: Warren McCarty on September 08, 2016

Learn why 7x24 Exchange NorCal (the northern California chapter of 7x24 Exchange) is working closely with engineering faculty and administration at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) to help match interested students with the mission-critical industry and its career opportunities.

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Tags: Data Center

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Katherine Brocklehurst on September 07, 2016

It’s not a surprise that ensuring the reliability and availability of control systems is the number one business driver for securing industrial automation systems. It was confirmed in the SANS 2016 State of ICS Security Survey.

Combine this concern with the fact that 67% of SANS Survey respondents perceived a severe or high level of threats to control systems, up from 43% in 2015, and it’s clear that effective industrial security programs are needed.

To help, our company has recently introduced a new approach to industrial cybersecurity called Belden 1-2-3. It divides security measures down into three areas: securing the network, securing the endpoints and securing the controllers.

You don’t have to approach the three areas in the 1-2-3 order. Instead, start your focus in the area that aligns with the highest risk to your systems and fits with where your organization is in its security journey.

This article is going to start at 1, however, and examine the whys and hows of “Securing Industrial Networks.”

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: Ron Tellas on September 02, 2016

Devices designed to connect directly to networks require increased power delivery through network cables. To grow the number of devices that can be powered by PoE, available power from the current must be increased – and the amount of heat generated within the network cable must increase as well. Cable temperature rise that is too high can ultimately push cables beyond their rated temperatures, reducing performance and reliability (and causing potential damage to the cable itself).

In this article, learn why cable temperature rise matters, how to reduce the heat, and where LP cables fit in.

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Tags: LAN, power over ethernet, Power Management

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