What is a Safety Instrumented Function?

What is a Safety Instrumented Function? One of the most fundamental questions related to Functional Safety and Safety Instrumented Systems is this-what is a safety instrumented function? Once you understand what a Safety Instrumented Function (SIF) means, you will immediately grasp the connection between safety instrumented functions and a Safety Instrumented System (SIS). But more on that later. Any plant or piece of equipment that has the potential to cause harm or damage to itself, the environment or to people needs protective functions. For example your car brake is a protective function. It helps stop the car almost immediately, when for example you spot a pedestrian on the road in front of your car when you are driving it. Ditto with things like pressure cookers or ovens- they all have some protective devices that prevent them from damaging themselves or the surroundings when they malfunction. What is an Instrumented Protective …

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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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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 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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Abhisam Express IIoT Workshop held in Pune

On 7th April, Abhisam held its Express IIoT Workshop at Pune. The event took place at the MCCIA Trade Tower on Senapati Bapat Road, which was attended by engineers working in companies like Emerson, Honeywell and others. It was an intensive one day program that squeezed in a large amount of knowledge in one day and was meant for busy professionals, who cannot spare time for the regular two day workshop. All participants will receive the Abhisam IIoT Ninja badge, signifying that they have started their Industrial Internet of Things journey, that will take them places. The Industrial Internet  is a large part of the much discussed Internet of Things (IoT), which is an enabling technology that connects devices and things to the internet, thereby unlocking a lot of value. The Industrial IoT is also variously described as IIoT, Industrie 4.0 and Digitalisation. They refer to the same phenomenon, which …

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Abhisam Express Industrial IoT Workshop in Pune in April 2018

Register Here for the Pune Workshop! Abhisam is pleased to announce that it will conduct an Express Industrial Internet of Things workshop on April 7th, 2018 in Pune. This Express training workshop aims to train the participant in the essentials of Industrial IoT technology. It can be attended by anybody with a technical background who wishes to get acquainted with this upcoming new Industrie 4.0 wave. You may be an Electronics, Instrumentation/Control System/Automation engineer, or a Mechanical/Chemical/Mettalurgical engineer, it does not matter! You need to come up to speed with this emerging new IIoT wave or risk getting left behind! Ditto if you are an IT guy! It is not enough now just to know about the platform side of things- many IoT workshops either concentrate only on the platforms or only on the edge and field devices side- we are the only ones who step you through the entire …

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Abhisam Industrial IoT Workshop held in Mumbai, India in March 2018

Abhisam held its Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) Training workshop on 9th and 10th March 2018 in Powai, Mumbai, India. The workshop was attended by engineers & professionals from various domains including industrial automation vendors, mechanical machinery manufacturers, end users from chemical industry and enterprise software companies. The workshop was led by our IIoT evangelist, Mr. Anand Iyer. Here is a short video shot on location. You can see that we built our own Industrial IoT valve automation simulation device, hooked it up to a cloud platform (Microsoft Azure) and built some more things on top of it as a demo. The workshop also covered other aspects of Industrie 4.0 such as Standards development in the area, cybersecurity aspects including encrypting data and using security certificates, various protocols used such as MQTT,  developing simple graphics, using code snippets in Python and much more! If you would like to join our …

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Abhisam Industrial IoT Workshop announced

Update: All in person workshops have been suspended. Soon, IoT e-learning courses will be available. Abhisam is pleased to announce that the Abhisam Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) workshop will be held from 9-10 March 2018 in Powai, Mumbai. Call Now on 7208060349 to get more information & register. The Internet of Things is a much talked about technology in the press, yet many of the use cases shown are from the domestic and consumer world such as Fitbits (personal fitness monitors) and smart homes. However the most valuable part of the IoT ecosystem will be what is known as the Industrial IoT. This part will be as much as 70% (by value) of the entire IoT market and it is important for everybody in industry and business to know. The IIoT does not refer to just pure industrial applications of IoT but also those which are a blend of …

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New Whitepaper on Industrial Control System cyber security- defeat Stuxnet and Irongate

June 7, 2016– Abhisam has published a new white paper on Industrial Cybersecurity titled “How to detect Stuxnet like malware in your Control System”. Stuxnet was the world’s most infamous malware that was apparently used to damage nuclear plant equipment at Iran’s Natanz facility, by unknown actors. This malware did damage to a lot of critical equipment in that facility. It did not just stay inside Natanz however, it spread everywhere, not only in Iran at other facilities, but also was found on many other Siemens make systems in Asia, Europe and elsewhere. After being discovered, security software researchers analyzed it, guessed its objectives and revealed their findings online. They also put the code online (presumably for other security researchers to analyze and take steps to harden other control systems). Now that the Stuxnet code was there in the open, cyber security and cyberwar experts were warning us about copycat …

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