Monday, October 5, 2015

Emerging changes in industrial communications technology and cybersecurity.


In response to fast-evolving communications and wireless technologies and the increasing risk of industrial cyberattack, the International Society of Automation (ISA) has published a fifth edition of its best-selling book, Industrial Data Communications.

“Given all the emerging changes—in such areas as Ethernet-IP and routing, wireless technologies, VPNs, software applications, cybersecurity, and other key areas—it’s important that automation professionals have a solid understanding of industrial communications and the know-how to utilize modern communications technologies in a safe and secure manner, ” emphasizes Lawrence (Larry) M. Thompson, who along with William T. “Tim”  Shaw co-authored the book.

Improving safety and security in industrial data communications are essential, Shaw asserts, given the current cyber-vulnerability of today’s industrial systems, equipment and networks.

“Automation systems and applications today are making greater use of converged IP-based LANs and wireless networking,” he points out. “They must be kept secure from malicious cyberattacks. 
Adequate cybersecurity is no longer a desirable feature, but a management requirement. This book is one way that automation professionals can increase their awareness of vulnerabilities as well as the methodologies and technologies that can be applied to establish and maintain adequate cybersecurity.”

The newly revised book also serves as a comprehensive overview and reference guide for both novice and experienced users of industrial communication data—containing complete descriptions of relevant concepts, terminology, operating system considerations, standards and protocols as well as an index.

For more details, read the informative interview with the authors
For greater perspective on the value and significance of Industrial Data Communications, Fifth Edition read the interview with the authors. There also may be found background on both book authors and learn how to purchase a copy of the publication.

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