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With more remote connections to industrial plants and facilities, risk of cybersecurity breaches has increased. What risk mitigation is in place?
Pumping data from wells to a safe and secure location
Naval Dome and the offshore division of a supermajor have identified and mitigated cyber risks common to offshore deepwater drilling rigs.
Recent high-profile attacks such as Colonial Pipeline underline the point that critical infrastructure attacks will get worse before they get better.
Provisions within the American Jobs Plan could improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity, but it's the first in many steps needed to make the nation safer from cyber attacks.
DHS and CISA released a security directive for critical pipeline operators
The cyberattack that compromised Colonial Pipeline serves as sobering reminder that operational technology (OT) system isolation must be consistently managed. Four lessons from the incident are highlighted.
With industrial digital transformation as the theme, the 2021 Hannover Messe Digital Edition kicked off a week of more than 1,500 program activities with more than 500 speakers, April 12-16, covering trends in industry, energy and logistics with experts from business, science and industry. See the 2021 Hermes Award winner.
Industrial Cybersecurity Pulse is a new website dedicated to educating and informing engineers about the latest challenges and developments relating to cybersecurity, information/operational technology (IT/OT), the cloud and more. Check it out!
The Microsoft Energy Core Methane Emissions Hackathon virtual event is designed to overlay oil and gas asset and geographic information system data to pinpoint leak location.
There has been an increase in the percentage of systems attacked in the oil and gas industry as well as the building automation sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Do IoT-based wireless technologies designed for municipal, building, and residential sensor networks offer anything for industrial users? How about 5G?
Augmented reality (AR) is changing the way manufacturers work in the field. See three benefits of augmented reality and three examples of how AR helps users.
Real-time remote monitoring of a pressing concern in oil & gas
Cyber criminals are aiming their attacks at the oil and gas sector by impersonating specific engineer contractors and shipping companies. Know what to look for and how to avoid a cyber attack.
Google and Apple unveiled a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of COVID-19 while protecting user privacy.
Cyber criminals are taking advantage of COVID-19 forcing the majority of employees forced to work remotely. Europol published an updated threat assessment after monitoring the impact of coronavirus and cybercrime.
Employees working from home need to be vigilant about phishing campaigns using COVID-19 related content to find gaps and organize cyberattacks.
With a large influx of people working remotely due to COVID-19, cybersecurity is becoming a topic of concern for employers and their employees.
Cybersecurity attacks are designed to undermine the integrity of critical processes
Cloud-based wireless sensing enables safety, reliability and profits through widespread asset monitoring
The DDDP Conference carried the tagline had an emphasis on cloud and edge technologies meeting the oil & gas industry.
Integrated data, automated workflow and management by exception.
The International Society of Automation (ISA) named the founding members of its Global Cybersecurity Alliance (GCA): Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Claroty, and Nozomi Networks.
A report from Applied Risk found that cybersecurity basics are still not being practiced by many companies, which is increasing their risk for potential attacks as untested technologies continue proliferating critical infrastructures.
Webinar participants outline evolving nature of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) elements and how users are applying the edge, fog and cloud in their manufacturing operations.
Manufacturing, building automation products strengthened by deal, company officials say.
Cover story: A refinery installed a modern distributed control system (DCS) that automates and manages industrial cybersecurity tasks to reduce manual workflows, potential human error and overall company costs.
Wireless sensors and specialized software deliver options for improved effectiveness.
Analytics improve performance of remote assets.
While bearings wear out frequently, pump applications are forever.
The first step to bringing fieldbus networking and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into process manufacturing plants and refineries may be changing device-level networking practices.
Siemens and Bentley's collaboration of PlantSight links the design/build and operate/maintain aspects of oil and gas assets and other brownfield applications.
Oil & gas companies are looking to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to improve efficiency and productivity as the market slowly recovers.
Effective data analytics drives ROI and improves operations.
With greater connectivity between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT), and the rise of the IIoT, can increase and even change the vulnerabilities of oil and gas assets to cyber attack. Companies and standards groups are looking to counter these efforts.
Seeq has secured $23 million in Series B funding led by the Altira Group, which has extensive experience in oil & gas industry technologies and software.
A primary government incentive to reward innovation.
SAP and Endress+Hauser will intensify their cooperation in the development of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications for the process industry by integrating Endress+Hauser field instruments as digital twins into the SAP cloud platform.
The industrial Ethernet market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $20 billion to over $72 billion by 2024 according to a research report by Global Market Insights.
Real-Time Innovations (RTI) says it's the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) "connectivity company" and the largest supplier of products based on the Object Management Group's data distribution service (DDS) standard.
AVEVA and Schneider Electric’s industrial software business have combined to create an engineering and industrial software company designed to serve a variety of industries across the globe.
Commentary: GE Predix business focus changes to meet market strength as other cloud-based industrial platforms gain footing.
Forum bolsters producers’ confidence in technology-powered future.
Upstream oil and gas industry has been one of the more resistant to automation, but changes in drilling well complexity are making it more automated.
Smart data and your team’s intuitive grasp can shape the future.
Hybrid cloud solutions mix operational control done by specialists while integrating software with a cloud system for all other functions, which is useful for a data-heavy industry such as oil & gas.
It’s critical to stay up-to-date with cybersecurity measures to improve defenses against cyberattacks.
Robotic integration technology update: Robots-as-a-service are seen as suitable for inspection, surveillance, and non-destructive testing.
Vimal Kapur speaks of the next generation of innovation in plant and field operations and how cloud-based SCADA will play a large role in the future.
Honeywell Process Solutions’ (HPS) 42nd annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) is focused on companies employing the Industrial Internet of Things for the oil and gas, process, and other industries to address ongoing operational challenges.
Multi-discipline efforts converge in 3-D reality models, even for existing facilities. Four steps for successfully using a data platform are highlighted.
Looking ahead, industry remains cautiously optimistic as prices start to rise and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) slowly makes its way into the industry.
Seeq Corporation announced the availability of connectivity to Inductive Automation’s Ignition supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system is designed to provide better production outcomes including improved asset availability, product quality, and process efficiency.
United Electric Controls' Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector is designed to maximize toxic or explosive gas detection points but eliminates the need for costly and fixed wiring.
Energy forum attendees offer blueprints for using Big Data analytics to drive operational efficiencies, cut costs, boosting production, and improving worker productivity.
Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem and Connected Services is powered by the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and is designed to help customers leverage data, technologies, and best practices to improve reliability, safety, energy management, and overall operational performance across the digital enterprise.
Pepperl+Fuchs, a process automation and applications company has purchased ecom instruments of Germany, which produces cell phones, smartphones, and tablets designed specifically for hazardous areas.
Portable devices offer a new way to gather, leverage data.
Serving as a universal message transport for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) application development, MQTT can be used to decouple devices from applications, thereby freeing infrastructures from any single operating system, application, or hardware platform, according to explanations offered at Inductive Automation’s Ignition Community Conference 2016.
Advanced analytic solutions, including systems that mimic human decision-making, are helping oil and gas companies adapt to a world of lower prices.
How to bridge the gap between the shop floor and the top floor by integrating process control systems with enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other business systems.
An incident response (IR) plan is a vital component of cybersecurity strategy.
Companies such as GE are launching digital power plant systems in gas and coal plants to make operations cleaner and more efficient by using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
New methods can extract not just oil and gas, but also actionable insights.
Managing disparate systems leads to inefficiency; it takes more time, manpower and money. Perhaps more importantly, this approach also has limited potential in terms of maximising the wealth of data available. You will only ever get an isolated view of events. This leaves a scope for threats to go unnoticed or inadequate responses to incidents.
Tony Edwards of StepChange Global discusses how the digital oilfield can have a direct impact on production success, and we look at how to equip operators with the tools they need.
The MCAA's Annual Market Forecast for 2016 focused on the Process Instrumentation and Automation (PI&A) markets in the U.S., which experienced a small growth of 0.3% in 2015, at $11.6 billion. Five industries within the U.S. are expected to experience above average growth from 2015 to 2020.
Honeywell Process Solutions' (HPS) integrated portfolio of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-ready natural gas measurement and data management solutions are designed to help optimize the entire gas value chain and consists of five units.
Industrial companies learning how to harness the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the digital trends in engineering are a major focus at the 41st annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) in San Antonio, Tex.
IHS Technology projects the market for industrial cybersecurity products will grow, but at a slower rate than expected due to a decline in the oil and gas industry, which is a major consumer of cybersecurity goods and services.
More answers about information management for IIoT, the topic of a June 2, are provided by speaker Sal Spada. Topics include single-phase circuits and power generation.
Kinetic mesh networks help deliver real-time information from remote locations.
In an uncertain market, more oil and gas producers are relying on advanced analytics to make intelligent cost-cutting decisions.
Users are being bombarded with an overwhelming data; learning how to synthesize and process that data is key and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can help.
IIoT connectivity can solve data storage or transmission issues in oil and gas systems.
Some pioneering oil and gas producers find it easier to extract value from operational data on platforms that mimic data warehouses.
A Black Swan event is a case in which an unpredicted, rare event occurs. John Murphy, a safety professional with Process Safety Services, said a strong, robust process safety management system will minimize the potential impact.
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has established a digital transformation unit designed to help manufacturers harness the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Andrew Hird has been named general manager of the business unit.
In a new report, INGAA sees $4 billion less spent per year over the next 20 years.
Eaton's Experience Center in Houston features six interactive applications designed to supplement the experience center’s hands-on safety, application, product and monitoring training opportunities in an industrial environment.
Subsea and offshore systems are receiving more accurate data from improvements in technology, but maintenance and monitoring needs to continue to bridge the gap.
Industrie 4.0 data analytics: A proliferation of data analysis solutions are designed to help industry benefit from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), explained Suzanne Gill, editor-in-chief for Control Engineering Europe, from the 27th Honeywell User Group EMEA event in Madrid.
According to a report sponsored by Tripwire and conducted by Dimensional Research in November 2015, 82% of oil and gas industry respondents said their organizations registered an increase in successful cyber attacks over the past 12 months.
Is the European standard of IECEx for harsh environment computers right for design engineers? How does this European standard impact U.S.-based operations?
Virtualization technologies are simplifying offshore central control systems and enabling companies to reduce energy consumption and increase availability for critical applications.
Articles about hacking oil and gas control systems, oil and gas prices, future oil and gas workers, pigging your line, and predictive analytics hitting the midstream were Oil and Gas Engineering's five most clicked articles for 2015. Learn more.
Technology Update: Industrial wireless takes on high-bandwidth mobile video monitoring at a refinery and mission-critical safety leak detection at an LNG facility.
The low price of oil has caused hydrocarbon companies to look at innovative ways of reducing their costs. Simulation modeling has recently emerged as a way of minimizing operating overhead or removing unnecessary scope from capital projects.
Risk management best practices can be applied to cyber threats just as they are used against physical threats. So, how does one know when a network is secure enough?
Yokogawa's SensTation digital sensor measurement system is a scalable and integrated solution designed to eliminate the need for a transmitter and is designed for process industries such as oil, petrochemical, water and wastewater treatment.
Asset management is a major concern for workers in the oil and gas industry as the possibility of cyber security attacks remains a constant threat. Understanding the risks and the challenges will go a long way to making on and off-shore networks more secure.
Interest in industrial cyber security has grown in recent years. Once assumed to be the next tech fad, the topic has proven to be one the process automation community should take seriously. Increased attention to high-profile incidents and quickly developing technology, on both sides of the struggle, have placed a spotlight on the conversation.
In the process of performing asset identification and network security monitoring, analysts eventually find threats in industrial control system networks.
Operational technology relies on outdated security models based on invalid assumptions.
This five-part series examines the issues with big data that the industry is facing today and the segments and applications where companies are finding the biggest success. Part 2: As more companies realize the benefits, new sensor and data collection technologies are moving from the lab into the real world—downhole, in the air, and at sea.
KEB America's Ethernet-based C6 Router comes with WAN, LAN, USB and serial interfaces, and digital I/Os and is designed for hard-to-access installations such as wastewater treatment, oil and gas, and wind turbines.
We are living in an increasingly connected world and this connectivity poses the question: “How will it affect the oilfield?” The implications from this are profound and will affect all industries over the next few years.
Linking operations technology (OT) systems, such as SCADA and sensors to IT-level big data analytics is possible, but begs for the right asset-centric and event-driven view of OT-level trends so the IT-level analytics can find relevant patterns. This article demonstrates that an improvement cycle can be applied to key operational concerns, including equipment health and drilling optimization.
Ethernet-based network designs are becoming popular for enhancing the reliability and availability of data communications in hazardous conditions. Network managers need both modularity and flexibility with their Ethernet products, including the ability to place industrial Ethernet switches directly in harsh operations areas, such as the engine room.
Magnetrol's Eclipse Model 706 guided wave radar (GWR) transmitter configured with Modbus protocol and is designed to provide liquid and interface level control for production applications in the oil and gas industry.
Understanding how big data affects the oil and gas industry, and where companies are finding most success.
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) and Intel Security announced they will collaborate to help bolster protection of critical industrial infrastructure and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to protect customers' control systems from malware and other potential breaches.
Siemens' Ruggedcom RSG920P is a high port density Ethernet switch designed to withstand extreme temperature, vibration, and shock in industrial applications such as transportation systems and oil and gas.
Cover story: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies, applied for monitoring valves in a refinery, used wireless acoustic transmitters to improve regulatory compliance and reduce hydrocarbon losses by $3 million annually due to timely detection and repair of faulty valves. The project paid for itself in five months, with an estimated annualized return on investment (ROI) of 271% annualized over 20 years. See four IIoT benefits.
Big data and industrial Internet technologies are converging to help companies monitor operations and solve problems on the fly.
Robert M. Lee, co-founder of Dragos Security LLC, shares his insight into the challenges of cyber security in the oil and gas industry with a five-part series on implementing the active cyber defense cycle. The second part focuses on asset identification and network security.
Production of oil and natural gas in the U.S. and Canada is increasing. The vast majority of these hydrocarbons will be shipped across the continent via a dense network of pipelines. The integrity of this network, however, is threatened, not only by mechanical failures, but also by targeted cyber attacks.
Tutorial: Questions and answers follow related to “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 webcast: Overview and practical advice for today.” Additional audience questions here provide added advice and answers about IIoT and Industry 4.0.
Moxa's ICF-1180I and ICF-1280I Profibus-to-Fiber converters allow users in the oil and gas industry and other fields with hazardous or remote conditions to use optical fiber to connect their Profibus devices and controllers in remote or hazardous locations.
Smartphones have made access to information easy and thus increase security risk for critical information. It requires constant and holistic attention to understand the patterns of attacks and raise awareness with organizations.
Network security: Implement a secure patch management approach for industrial controls. Today’s industrial control system (ICS) threats can target outdated systems or careless errors on the network. Securing connected machines in the industrial sector has complexities that differ from protecting a business datacenter.
Oil and gas producers are discovering creative ways of lowering costs, boosting productivity via industrial wireless networks.
A possible agent of change is the 2014 Australian Mining Prospect Award for innovative mining solutions that was won by the Columbus Group for its 3D down-the-hole, high-water-pressure-drilling system. Since the award in Sydney, October 2014, development continues with multiple applications.
Cyber attacks are growing in number and intensity over the past decade. Companies in the oil and gas industry are high-profile targets and must take measures to protect themselves from hackers.
Equip oil and gas service technicians with mobile software to connect them to the back office, preform more efficient service, and gain detailed reporting in the field.
Moxa's EDR-810 industrial 10-port secure router has received a firmware update designed to enhance cyber security for transparent firewall functionality and the providing of real-time event notification.
Robert M. Lee, co-founder of Dragos Security LLC, shares his insight into the challenges of cyber security in the oil and gas industry with a five-part series on implementing the active cyber defense cycle. This first part presents a general overview.
The emergence of 3D CAD systems has turned operational design into a multicolored, multidimensional landscape. To meet these needs, suppliers have come up with a wide array of tools to keep all of that data in order and accessible.
Weidmuller's Safeseries SIL relays now feature cULus approval and are designed for tank overfill protection and shutdown controls for refineries and oil and gas storage facilities.
As technology evolves, most facilities or the brick-and-mortar part of the facility remains the same. This can lead to dangerous situations, as relief systems and devices are outdated and not matched to the current technology. It is vital to plant safety and operability that the design of these crucial systems is kept evergreen.
A cyber-espionage campaign thought to be the next step in the Red October operation appears to be targeting, among others, oil industry users of Android, iOS and BlackBerry mobile devices through spear-phishing attacks.
As oil and gas extraction moves to new locations—such as subsea oil sands and shale deposits, the computing systems that support these activities must adapt to function in these harsh environments.
CAN networks on the ocean floor: To observe and protect the drilling process in sub-sea clusters of sensors, meters, and valves are used. But this is insufficient for reliability and interoperability requirements. SIIS (sub-sea instrument interface standardization) group worked with CiA (CAN in Automation) to network the equipment on the ocean floor, creating a new application profile for sub-sea equipment, which will help in standard formation.
Real-time data integration is a crucial aspect of the digital oil field, but to make its integration successful, production engineers must implement a data infrastructure based on four key elements.
Trigg Technologies LLC uses a cloud-based platform and remote monitoring to improve custody transfer services accuracy and reliability for crude oil and petroleum products.
Changing demographics and the ability to deploy trainers to remote locations are driving new technologies for the next generation of operators.
Industrial Internet, predictive analytics and new machine-human collaboration in the workplace can significantly boost productivity, create new jobs and skills, and minimize unplanned downtime in major industries, GE said, with the potential to save on more than 300 million hours in servicing complex machines. GE released 14 predictive software technologies to help with that and reduce emissions as well. See comments from industry leaders, photos, and info graphic.
Moxa's EXPC-1319 hazardous location panel computer is designed for hazardous conditions in the oil and gas industries and has an anti-glare, anti-scratch LCD panel that is visible in direct sunlight.
Honeywell's OneWireless Terminal Solution enables operators of oil and gas terminals to increase their productivity and is ISA-100 and wi-fi compatible.