Supply Chain Attacks in 2021- ICS Security implications

Supply Chain attacks are something to watch out for In the recently published Abhisam Industrial Cybersecurity Report, we had mentioned supply chain attacks, as something to watch out for in 2021. We never imagined that we would be so right. As the year 2021 progresses, we  are witnessing increasing incidents of supply chain cyberattacks. These supply chain attacks are pretty broad in scope and are not just related to the Industrial Control System devices, such as DCS controllers or  SIS Logic Solvers but also COTS IT network components such as Routers, Switches and so on. What are Supply Chain attacks? A supply chain attack happens when the components that make up the IT system (or the OT system), are attacked like the famous Solarwinds attack. Solarwinds is a software company that sells network management tools. Solarwinds own servers got attacked and these servers began updating their customer’s computer systems with …

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Training Records Management software

What is Training Records Management software? Simply speaking, a Training Records Management Software allows you to manage all your training records in one single system. Thus you can get rid of your manual training records at once and have a seamless training records management via a Cloud based Learning Management System. All your learner data including their profiles, skill sets, the training courses that they have already attended and the proposed training courses that they have to take, their test scores, skill assessment scores, compliance training-everything is managed using this one single system. The below is a low resolution screen grab from such a system. What are its advantages? Currently many organizations use many different systems to manage their training records. This is because they have many legacy systems and the training is from different sources, in different fields. Some of it may be for soft skills, while some of …

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NIST Guide to ICS Security- Call for comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that is a part of the US Department of Commerce has invited public comments to update the existing NIST Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security, SP 800-82 Rev 2 to SP 800-82 (Rev 3). The deadline for comments is May 28, 2021. An Initial Public Draft of the update, which will be published as SP 800-82 Rev. 3, is scheduled for a late 2021/early 2022 release. The original document was published in the year 2015 and the threat landscape as well as what we refer to as Industrial Control Systems have changed drastically. What new stuff should be included in SP 800-82? NIST is aware of changes to the threat landscape regarding ICS security and also about what really can be considered as an Industrial Control System. and therefore are in the process of updating this guide. They have invited public …

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Abhisam GOLD membership- get all courses at one low price!

Abhisam last year introduced the tremendously popular Abhisam GOLD membership plan, where for a small monthly fee, you get access to all Abhisam Courses (except the Abhisam HAZOP Leader program) at once. For a one time joining fee and a small monthly fee, you can get the entire Abhisam Course Catalog all at once. This is a tremendously valuable deal, which you cannot get with any other course provider. What’s more you get one Certification test free every month and if you need more, simply buy additional tests at a discounted price. Here are all the courses that you get with a single GOLD Membership. These courses are hard to find anywhere else. These courses help you learn and upskill yourself with in-demand hard skills, they are not “feel good fluff courses” that you get sometimes from other portals. If you take the highly acclaimed Abhisam Certification Exam for an …

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How to implement an Upskill training program and have easy safety compliance

Upskill Training in pandemic times Change is a basic fact of life. As industries and different business sectors grow and mature,  new technologies get introduced.  Adding to this is the COVID19 pandemic which has forced new constraints on many business. At the same time, it has also generated many opportunities for existing businesses to take advantage of the new situation and in a very constructive way.One of the opportunities is to implement an upskill training program for your employees and associates (such as contractors). Read on below, to know how this will save costs, reduce co-ordination headaches and also make safety and regulatory compliance easier. Forced Digitalization One of the changes that one sees everywhere, is the digitalization of many business processes. Is this a new technology? Actually not-several digital tools already existed a long time before the pandemic hit, but not many businesses used them, as there was no …

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LOPA- Layer of Protection Analysis Training & Certification

LOPA Training Course Abhisam is pleased to announce that its updated LOPA Training Course,  is now available online. This is a self-paced course and can be started anytime and completed at your own convenience. Interesting animations & simulations, videos, actual real life scenarios and examples, worksheets, exercises make this one of the best LOPA training courses available anywhere! LOPA Certification The Abhisam LOPA Course is the most comprehensive course in the world. It consists of more than 10 modules, each covering an aspect of the LOPA process. After completing them you can take a Self Assessment Test so that you can evaluate your own knowledge of LOPA. It also serves as a mock LOPA Exam, so that you can better prepare for the Abhisam LOPA Certification Exam. After you complete all the LOPA Training modules, you can take the associated exam. On passing, you earn a Certificate of Competency in …

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Intrinsic Safety Training with certification

If you have been searching for a good resource to learn Intrinsic Safety online, Abhisam has a course just for this. This easy online Intrinsic Safety Training course is the easiest and most comprehensive way to learn about this subject. What is Intrinsic Safety? Intrinsic Safety is a method of explosion protection, used to prevent triggering an ignition in a hazardous area. You may be familiar with other methods of explosion protection such as the Explosionproof method. However, there are many ways of protection used to avoid explosions in hazardous areas and explosionproof is just one such method. There are many other methods such as Intrinsic Safety, Pressurization, Purging, Increased Safety and so on. Not all methods are used in all kinds of hazardous areas. However Intrinsic Safety is the only method of protection that is allowed everywhere. What is a Hazardous Area? A hazardous area is where there is …

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Free White Papers, Videos, Podcasts from Abhisam

Now get all your Abhisam free white papers, videos and podcast resources in one single place on the Abhisam website. No need to use the Search function. Simply go to https://www.abhisam.com/free-white-papers-podcasts-videos and get what you are looking for. This incredible resource has at the time of this writing more than 19 white papers on various subjects including Process Safety, HAZOP, Industrial IoT and Digitalization, Big Data in Oil and Gas, Functional Safety and SIL, Occupational Health and Safety, Learning Management Systems and more. New white papers are being added from time to time and you can find them here. Here are some of the interesting white papers (titles only) that are published. How to design a chemical warehouse to ensure safety? What is HAZOP? What is CHAZOP? How can a good PSM program (Process Safety Management) help in  Enterprise Risk Management? How to carry out a successful decommissioning project? What …

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What-If Analysis | Hazard and Risk Assessment technique

Abhisam is pleased to announce the release of its What-If Hazard Analysis course. This excellent digital What-If course is a fully online, self paced e-learning course, that can be taken by anybody on the Abhisam Learning Platform. What is the What-If Analysis method? It is a qualitative method which can be used to carry out Hazard and Risk Assessment in any industry. The plant is divided into manageable units, similar to nodes as in a HAZOP Study.Then a set of questions is developed to be asked during a brainstorming session. For example, questions such as What will happen if more catalyst is added? What happens if the power switches off? What happens if the operator fails to switch off the pump? and  so on. Based on the answers to the questions, we can quickly assess the hazards and consequences of an event happening. This gives us the Risk and if …

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GHS e learn portal | Easy Globally Harmonized System training

Abhisam is pleased to announce it’s new GHS e learn portal, which is part of the Abhisam Learning Portal.  The GHS for Managers and Supervisors course can be taken online on the portal. The GHS for Managers and Supervisors online course covers everything that a manager or supervisor needs to know about the UN Globally Harmonized System for the classification and labeling of chemicals, known as GHS for short. Very soon another course, GHS Essentials, will also be available. This course is meant for workers, operators and other front line employees, who need to know about the new Globally Harmonized System for the classification and labeling of chemicals. What is the GHS? The GHS was developed by the United Nations after the Rio conference in 1992 (the Earth Summit) where it was felt to have a common, global system for the classification and labeling of chemicals. Until then, there were …

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