The purpose of this blog is to bring awareness to the advances of the IoT (Internet of Things) and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and to initiate conversations among different groups within an organization to better understand the direct impact of IIoT on their company’s success.

There are two types of Industrial Control Systems: ones that have been compromised and ones that will be compromised in the future. How vulnerable is your ICS? What can you do about it?

Industrial Control System (ICS) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cybersecurity are skyrocketing in significance, but the attention to the issue is not rising at a similar level. If a process facility relied on conventional security methods - and on security product manufacturers to create patches for security breaches - it would only be partially protected. Firewalls and air gaps are good security precautions but are only part of a complete security solution.

Siemens announced the start of the “cancellation” phase of APACS products in 2011. If you still have APACS hardware running your plant, then there’s a good chance that you’ve started looking at migration options and Siemens recommends the SIMATIC PCS 7 line of controllers and remote I/O. This is best done with a phrased migration.

Commissioning is a team effort to document the continuity of a project as it moves from one project phase to the next. To achieve commissioning excellence requires that the testing documents be accurate and written in an orderly fashion. The Documentation Gatekeeper, a.k.a the Commission Lead, is responsible to develop, teach, implement, and guard the integrity of the process to produce accurate testing documents.