Industrial Safety Security

Honeywell launches new Industrial Cyber Security Solution

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) launches a new solution for industrial sites as they balance productivity and cyber security demands. Honeywell’s new Secure Media Exchange (SMX) protects facilities against current and emerging USB-borne threats, without the need for complex procedures or restrictions that impact operations or industrial personnel.

Malware spread through USB devices – used by employees and contractors to patch, update and exchange data with onsite control and computer systems – is a key risk for industrial control systems. It was the second leading threat to these systems in 2016, according to BSI publications, and uncontrolled USBs have taken power plants offline, downed turbine control workstations, and caused raw sewage floods, among other industrial accidents.

“Industrial operators often have hundreds or thousands of employees and dozens of contractors on site every day,” said Eric Knapp, Cyber Security chief engineer, HPS. “Many, if not most, of those rely on USB-removable media to get their jobs done. Plants need solutions that let people work efficiently, but also don’t compromise cyber security and, with it, industrial safety.”

Currently, many plants either ban USBs, which is difficult to enforce and significantly reduces productivity, or rely on traditional IT malware scanning solutions, which are difficult to maintain in an industrial control facility and provide limited protection. These solutions fail to protect process control networks against the latest threats, and offer no means to address targeted or zero-day attacks.

“SMX is a great example of Honeywell’s major investments in new industrial cyber security technologies, products, services, and research which further strengthen our ability to secure and protect industrial assets, operations and people,” said Jeff Zindel, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security. “With the continued increase in cyber threats around the world, Honeywell’s industrial cyber security expertise and innovation are needed more than ever for smart industry, IIoT and critical infrastructure protection.”

Honeywell’s SMX was developed by the company’s cyber security experts based on field experience across global industrial sites and feedback from Honeywell User Group customers. Honeywell has one of the largest industrial cyber security research capabilities in the process industry, including an advanced cyber security lab near Atlanta. Honeywell also partners with cyber security leaders, including Microsoft, Intel Security and Palo Alto Networks, among others, to develop new, highly-effective industrial threat detection techniques.

Honeywell’s SMX provides hassle-free, multi-layered protection for managing USB security, letting users simply plug in and check devices for approved use in the facility. Contractors “check-in” their USB drive by plugging it into an SMX Intelligence Gateway. The ruggedized industrial device analyzes files using a variety of techniques included with Honeywell’s Advanced Threat Intelligence Exchange (ATIX), a secure, hybrid-cloud threat analysis service.

SMX Client Software installed on plant Windows devices provides another layer of protection, controlling which USB devices are allowed to connect, preventing unverified USB removable media drives from being mounted, and stopping unverified files from being accessed. SMX also logs USB device connectivity and file access, providing a valuable audit capability.

“For most plants, the proliferation of removable media and USB devices is unavoidable, but the security risks they bring don’t have to be,” said Knapp. “We know our customers have limited resources to maintain another system, so Honeywell manages SMX for them. SMX never connects to our customers’ process control networks. From a system administration perspective, it’s like it’s not even there.”

Managed and maintained directly by Honeywell, SMX provides the easy and secure solution to USB security in industrial plants. It helps prevent the spread of malware through removable media; stops unverified files being read by Windows hosts; and, through the private ATIX connection, provides continually updated threat information and advanced analytics to help detect advanced, targeted, and zero-day malware.

Honeywell is the leading provider of industrial cyber security solutions that protect the availability, safety and reliability of industrial facilities and help securely deploy Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies. Honeywell’s complete portfolio includes cyber security technology solutions such as Honeywell Cyber Security Risk Manager, the first solution to proactively monitor, measure and manage industrial cyber security risks; managed industrial cyber security services; and professional cyber security field services. The portfolio leverages the company’s industry-leading expertise and experience in process control.

Clipless Steel Guarding Solution from Faztek

Custom industrial safety guarding provider Faztek announces today its new line of clipless steel guarding. Faztek’s steel guarding line is used to create a wide variety of custom products, including robotic guards, safety guards, welding cells, conveyor guards, and more.

While the core characteristics of Faztek’s steel guarding - easy assembly, sized to exact specifications, simple modifications, modularity - remain the same, the new product design offers customers a more rigid product, while virtually eliminating horizontal waviness in the wire panels. Not only does this create a more visually appealing product, but also by eliminating obtrusive clips, which have the potential to snag clothing or loose articles, the new steel guarding solution is actually safer.

Rugged Compact Vision System for USB3 Vision Cameras

NI CVS-1459RT delivers quad-core Intel Atom Processor, USB 3.0 camera ports and FPGA-enabled I/O

NI, the provider of solutions that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, the company has launches a compact solution for high-speed vision applications. The NI CVS-1459RT is a small, rugged vision system with a quad-core Intel Atom processor and two dedicated USB 3.0 ports for USB3 Vision cameras.

Safety light curtains, MLC 500 are now also available as linked versions

Cascadable Type 4 Safety Light Curtains

In cases where multiple-sided access guarding is required or point-of-operation guarding is to be combined with area protection as stepping-behind protection, the use of cascaded MLC devices reduces the cost of installation and cabling considerably. Rigid L and U-shaped connections as well as variants with flexible cable connections can be used. The host-guest variants are type 4 devices. They provide reliable protection without dead space and with maximum system availability. Additionally, they are unusually slim (29 x 35 mm) and extremely sturdy due to the slightly set back front screens, reinforced side walls and metal end caps. The installation of the MLC safety light curtains is very easy due to the large variety of possible mounting brackets.

Command and signalling devices for clean room applications

How many particles does an actuator installed at the man-machine interface release to the environment in everyday operation? This question is completely irrelevant in most sectors of the machinery construction industry. In the clean-room technology however, it is of critical importance, considering that here, only components featuring low particle emissions may be used.

 

One product for many applications: the entire N programme of command and signalling devices is certified for use in clean rooms.

 

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