• August 2017

    InTech Plus

    Welcome to InTech Plus, the International Society of Automation’s online eNewsletter that connects automation professionals to all things automation.

    Convergence and Commercial Momentum

    Systems Integration main

       By Peter Fuhr, PhD; Marissa Morales-Rodriguez,    PhD; Sterling Rooke, PhD; and Penny Chen, PhD

    New architectures may mean IIoT systems are built with IoT components wrapped in a harder shell, with lower costs and higher cyberrisks. Standards and guidelines can help carve a path forward. A path for IoT in industry will be needed because infrastructure initiatives will likely invite rapid IIoT deployment. Read more

    A Practical Approach to ICS Cybersecurity

    By Lee Neitzel and Gabe Faifman

    Does ICS cybersecurity have to be complicated? In theory, yes, but in practice, no. You can begin building a layered ICS security approach, often called defense-in-depth, by answering three basic questions. Read more

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    Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

    Process Sensor Health and Cyber Security are Critical—It Can Be a Matter of Life or Death

    By Joe Weiss

    Having the appropriate sensors is critical, but having processes in place to maintain them and protect them from outside tampering is essential to prevent incidents like these. Read More.


    Attack Risk at Its Root: Your Automation Infrastructure

    By Sujeet Chand

    To achieve maximum productivity with a minimal risk of cyberattack, industry must take advantage of new technologies and converge information technology (IT) with operational technology (OT) to manage risk at its root: the industrial automation infrastructure. Here is how. Read more

    Inside ISA


    Cybersecurity, Protecting Operational Technology

    By Steve Mustard, PE, Eur Ing, CEng, CAP, GICSP

    Automation (ISA) and the Automation Federation encouraged U.S. and UK government leaders to share experiences when developing strategies to combat cybersecurity threats and to use ISA/IEC 62443 as a framework for those strategies. Read more



    Cybersecurity Badges Used to Boost Interest in IT Careers

    It is predicted that there will be a shortage of 3.5 million cybersecurity professionals by 2021. To address this issue and to encourage more women to choose careers in technology fields, Palo Alto Networks has teamed up with the Girl Scouts to develop a program to educate young women on the opportunities available and to teach them how to stay safe in the digital world. Read more

    Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review

    CCST Quiz

    A 4–20 mA loop is measuring a process with the LRV of –20 and the URV of 180, what is the steady-state gain of this loop?

    A. 0.06 mA/unit

    B. 0.08 mA/unit

    C. 0.10 mA/unit

    D. 0.16 mA/unit

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     Want more practice? For more sample questions, check out the ISA Certification Review archives.

    CAP Quiz

    The two failure modes of most concern for safety systems are:

    A. sensor thermocouple burnout and narrow sensor diagnostic coverage.

    B. sensor corrosion and leaking trip valves in final elements.

    C. sensor responses to erratic outputs and solenoid reliability in final elements.

    D. sensor nuisance trips and sensor failures to respond to changes in actual conditions.

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    IT and OT Convergence?

    By Bill Lydon

    You would think that the main barrier to successfully integrating IT and OT would be technology. Not so. In fact, a hot cup of Joe may go a long way in jumpstarting the integration process. Read more

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    CAP Quiz

    Mobile apps are handy tools when you’re on the go. We have compiled a list of apps that are recommended by our members as being time- and effort-saving resources for automation professionals. Included in the list are engineering calculators and apps for reviewing AutoCAD drawings, as well as apps for specialized tasks, such as heat transfer calculation and decoding a Rockwell programmable logic controller (PLC) status light meaning. Click here for cool tools