ISSSource – AIChE: Security and Safety Unite

By Gregory Hale, Writer | John Cusimano, aeSolutions Contributor | Published: April 25, 2018

Safety can learn from security and security can learn from safety, but now security can help protect safety by using a safety tool. Sound confusing? Just ask John Cusimano.

“We are seeing more and more attacks on OT (operational technology),” said Cusimano, director of industrial cybersecurity at aeSolutions during a Tuesday talk at the 14th Global Congress on Process Safety at the 2018 AIChE Spring Meeting in Orlando, FL. “The threat system has changed. It used to be pneumatics and analog systems. Now we are seeing a more digital platform.”

While the outside pipes, valves still remain the same, the underpinning technologies controlling them have changed considerably.

“We have layers of protection. We have process control systems and safety instrumented systems (SIS),” Cusimano said. “When we put safety and control on the same network, there is the potential for common cause issues. We have to make sure they are properly designed.”

The end result is everyone wants to make sure bad things… <read more>

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