ICS Network Detection Products: Selecting and evaluating the right solution for your ICS environment

July 9, 2018

Monitoring ICS networks for potential security incidents is an important element of any mature ICS cybersecurity program.  However, until recently, implementing intrusion or anomaly detection on ICS networks was not very practical because commercially available intrusion detection systems (IDS), designed for enterprise IT networks, were not capable of analyzing the unique protocols used in industrial […]

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RMP Reconsideration Rule Issued by the EPA

May 25, 2018

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule requesting comment on proposed changes to the final RMP Amendments (40 CFR Part 68) which have a delayed effective date of February 2019. The proposed rule would rescind several of the amendments proposed in January 2017. The RMP Reconsideration Rule proposes the […]

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The Importance of Thorough System Testing

May 15, 2018

Properly performed tests can provide a high level of assurance that a system will not have problems in startup and operation. Short of that, problems can prevail. All automation projects ideally follow a process that reflects the classic systems engineering V model, whereby a need is identified, which drives requirements. Requirements are analyzed and broken […]

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FRC Flash of Genius

February 15, 2018

As insightful as conventional high school career aptitude surveys with pen and paper can be — hands-on, real world experience is instrumental in shaping capable young minds. Add high stakes adrenaline and stiff competition to the equation, and FRC Flash 1319 Robotics Team emerges as a fusion between the three. This FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition […]

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How to Be Compliant With Your Burner Management System

February 5, 2018

Fired equipment is dangerous and requires special attention, engineering knowledge, experience and training. What does a risk-based equivalent BMS design actually mean? And how can you be sure your equipment is safe? Implementing a burner management system (BMS) requires a competent engineering team to design and deliver a compliant system that is safe to operate. […]

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The significant financial benefits of proper front end loading on a Burner Management System project

November 16, 2017

aeSolutions agrees with the findings of the Construction Industry Institute (CII). The CII has done extensive research on improving project success. Through quantitative analysis of 62 projects, as noted in Analysis of Pre-Project Planning Effort and Success Variables for Capital Facility Projects, they found that the front end loading (FEL) “effort level directly affects the […]

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Getting the Next Generation Interested in Cybersecurity

October 24, 2016

I recently volunteered to teach a TechGirlz workshop in Philadelphia as part of National Cybersecurity Month. TechGirlz is a nonprofit organization that is focused on encouraging middle-school age girls to become interested in technology and tech careers. The topic was “How Computers Talk”. In about three hours the girls were introduced to the basics of computer […]

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