Cyber security – Oil and Gas industries

This paper  related to cyber security oil and gas industries, is available as a part of the Abhisam Industrial Cybersecurity report, which can be downloaded now. Author: H Sreedhar. Recent History of Automation in Oil & Gas   The Oil and Gas industry (O & G for short) has been a pioneer in embracing digital technology. It was one of the first industrial sectors to transition to Distributed Control Systems(DCS), from analog electronic control equipment and pneumatic instruments. This transition started in a big way, about 35 years ago, when DCS were a “hi-tech” thing.   O & G is still a tech pioneer, in the era of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial IoT. It quickly embraced concepts like the Digital Oilfield. However, this has led to newer problems related to security. The development of digital control systems and the networking, particularly with the internet, has led to increased risk …

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Industrial Cybersecurity Report 2020 and the road ahead in 2021

Abhisam has published the much awaited Industrial Cybersecurity Report 2020, that gives you a snapshot of the state of Industrial Cyber security in the year 2020 and the path ahead in 2021. The report can be downloaded by anybody from here https://www.abhisam.com/Reports/IndustrialCybersecurityReport2020.pdf   About the Report The report has been compiled by Abhisam and has articles by Industry professionals from different sectors such as Oil & Gas, Water & Wastewater treatment, Automation System suppliers, Industrial Cybersecurity consulting, Automotive and others. It is a completely vendor neutral document and can be used freely for any noncommercial purpose with due credits. It also includes security insights from the Industrial IoT field, which is seeing more traction today as manufacturing becomes more hi-tech.   Why was this Report made? The main reason for coming out with such a report was that there does not seem to be a lot of publicly available information, …

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Free LOTO training online from Abhisam

If you are looking for a great but free lockout tagout  course (free LOTO training course) that you can take online, then here’s one from Abhisam. You can take it immediately and learn all the basics of lock out tag out. Where can I get this free LOTO Training? You can take this at the Abhisam Learning Portal. You may need to register first to get your username and password emailed to you. On logging in, you can instantly access this excellent free lockout tagout training course online, along with other free online training courses such as  Hydrogen Sulfide training or free Hazardous Area training courses. What is LOTO? LOTO is an acronym for lock out tag out, which in short is a procedure to isolate energy supply to any machine or piece of equipment, before you can start maintenance, repair, inspection or similar work on it. This does not …

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ICS cyber security in 2020- and the road ahead in 2021

Update (16 Oct 2020) :We have started receiving contributions/paper submissions for inclusion in this report. If you have not yet sent in your thoughts, please do so at the earliest. We will be publishing this report by end October 2020 or latest by early November 2020. A lot of exciting insights from Industry leaders and professionals will be included. The ICS Cyber security field has seen a lot of happenings this year in 2020 such as : Key ICS Cyber Security Developments 2020 1. US President Donald Trump issuing an Executive Order regarding cyber security of the bulk electric supply and power grid in May 2020. This also included among other things securing the electric power utilities from supply chain attacks (using compromised components with backdoors that can be exploited at some time in future by adversaries). This was after he extended the National Cyber emergency state in March 2020. …

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Best VFD Training Courses

Taking the right VFD Training Courses is essential to mastering this technology and getting benefits from it. These training courses should be self paced, with easy explanations using graphics and animations and should not be just a video of a guy speaking. What is this about? As you probably already know, VFD is an acronym for Variable Frequency Drives. They are used to start, control and drive mainly AC Induction motors to and have many advantages over traditional ways of motor control. The advantages of using VFDs  include the ability to soft start & stop the motor, match the torque to that what is needed for the load, control the speed of the load  and also to save energy. Just one example of energy saving, is using a VFD drive to control the pump speed (and flow) instead of running the pump (via a Direct Online or Star-Delta starter) and …

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HAZOP Leader Certification Course is now online

July 16, 2020- The Abhisam  HAZOP Leader certification course is now a completely online, e-learning course now. With the incidence of the pandemic and lockdowns in various places around the world, many learners demanded that the popular course be offered online. Abhisam is now pleased to inform participants that this HAZOP Leader certification course  online is now available as a full fledged , self paced, e-learning course that can be taken anywhere at your own convenience. You can access all the modules on our new Learning Management System via any device, be it a Windows PC, laptop or Mac or a tablet or smartphone. The course is now completely modular and you can take it at your own pace. What is this course about? The Hazard and Operability technique is a well refined and proven method that is popular in the process industries to carry out hazard and risk assessment. …

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Easy Industrial Hygiene training online course

The Abhisam Industrial Hygiene training online course is a great way to learn the subject without having to attend any classes in person. This e-course is not your typical Zoom classroom, where you may get bored watching a talking head drone on and on and on. It is a complete e-learning course that has text, animations, simulations, actual case studies from Industrial facilities, worked templates & calculations, videos, assessments-everything that you need to have to master the subject. What is Industrial Hygiene? Contrary to what a layperson may think, it is not about general hygiene, or directly related to pandemics or disease outbreaks like COVID 19. Of course, tackling biological hazards is one of  the components of a typical Industrial Hygiene program, but it is not the only part. It is the discipline of anticipating, identifying, evaluating and controlling occupational hazardous conditions,  that may adversely affect health and safety  of …

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Become a Certified Functional Safety Professional (Level 1)

Functional Safety Certification Functional Safety Certification is essential for all engineering professionals, who wish to work with Safety Instrumented Systems in industry. Most employers and clients demand that people that they employ have a good understanding of Functional Safety concepts, Standards that are in use and engineering practices. This competency requirement is now mandatory. Take this Functional Safety Certification course (Level 1) from Abhisam from the comfort of your home or office, or anywhere else. You may be located in Bangalore, India or in some city in the US such as Miami, FL or in Sydney, Australia or in Canada. It does not matter. You can take this course from anywhere in the world that has internet connectivity. This is the easiest way to learn about Functional Safety, SIL and SIS Cybersecurity and get certified for free. Abhisam’s Functional Safety, SIL and SIS Cybersecurity (Level 1) is the go-to course …

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ICS cyber security training becomes exciting

Now ICS cyber security training has become more exciting than ever. Abhisam has added an assignment module in the Industrial Cybersecurity training program, where enrolled learners take part in an exciting thriller. Background As you know this training program leads to industrial control systems security certifications that you must have, in today’s industrial automation world. Plant Owners, process licensors, utility companies, engineering design consulting companies, EPC contractors and even regulatory authorities have started insisting on plant industrial automation and control systems, as well as safety instrumented systems to be designed in such a manner as to ensure cybersecurity. Cyber attacks on plants and facilities are growing and because these control and automation systems control physical assets (cyber-physical systems), it is all the more critical to ensure that the bad guys cannot break into them and cause havoc. Many of these organizations therefore insist that engineers and specialists, including IT professionals …

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ICS Security training course gets advanced module

Abhisam is pleased to announce that the popular ICS security training course, which is available as an e-course online, will now have an advanced module that can be accessed by all current learners and GOLD members. This will have many sub modules such as concepts of Kill Chains, the MITRE ATT&CK framework for ICS, Honeypots for Industrial Automation and Control systems and more. Cybersecurity is a growing concern for all companies and organizations worldwide. However not many people are aware that IT security and OT Security are two different disciplines. IT security is what is done to make business IT systems secure (think banks, credit card unions or travel portals). OT stands for Operations Technology. Hence OT security refers to those systems that are used in manufacturing plants, storage terminals and similar to control processes and keep them safe. OT systems are primarily Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS for …

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