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PAS Steps into Cyber in a Big Way #pauto #automation #cybersecurity

PAS has been moving into cyber security for two years now, and they've announced a version of Integrity specifically for Cyber Security Assets. This is accompanied by the creation of a separate business unit. David Zahn, the CMO at PAS, will burn his candle at both ends by leading the new business unit in addition to his own marketing responsibilities.

PAS has done an intelligent thing here. Instead of promising the sun, moon, and stars to their clients, PAS has simply produced a version of their justly famous Integrity software suite that is aimed directly at cyber security. It will:

"Gather and maintain an accurate inventory of cyber assets,
Establish a cyber security configuration management policy,
Manage change by monitoring for unauthorized updates to cyber asset configurations, and
Implement a program for system backup and recovery."

Clearly it is meant to be used in combination with network security methodologies as well as social engineering and client employee cyber sensitivity training. But with this software, PAS covers the bases, home plate and most of the outfield.

This is important in light of the hacks in the Middle East in the past couple of years, that destroyed thousands of computers, without any serious way to recover their data or programming. Even if an attack is successful, with PAS's new software package, properly installed and maintained, the user can recover from the attack as soon as new equipment is installed.


Here's the press release:

HOUSTON, TEXAS— May 13, 2015 – PAS Inc., the leading solution provider of process safety, cyber security, and asset reliability for the energy, power, and process industries announces a newly formed Cyber Security Business Unit within PAS as well as its latest release of Cyber Integrity™ software. The strategic announcement reflects the company’s ongoing investment in ICS cyber security with dedicated resources and new features focused on reducing risk to plant safety and profitability. David Zahn, chief marketing officer at PAS, will lead the new business unit as its general manager in addition to his current responsibilities.

“Our company has implemented a multi-layered security architecture that includes PAS Cyber Integrity software to protect our critical control assets and address compliance requirements,” said a general manager at a major power company in the southeast United States. “With the new release of Cyber Integrity and its additional commitment of resources, PAS continues to provide the support that plants need to become more secure against the effects of a cyber attack.”

PAS Cyber Integrity hardens security for the most vulnerable assets in a plant – the industrial control systems. At the same time, it automates internal and regulatory compliance reporting while reducing associated efforts by up to 90 percent. Cyber Integrity works across the heterogeneous control environment found in plants providing enterprise scalability and performance. Cyber Integrity enables industrial companies to:
Gather and maintain an accurate inventory of cyber assets,
Establish a cyber security configuration management policy,
Manage change by monitoring for unauthorized updates to cyber asset configurations, and
Implement a program for system backup and recovery.

Cyber Integrity is a proven solution built upon PAS Integrity platform, which today manages configurations for more than 20,000 automation assets across more than 400 industrial plants throughout the world. The latest release of Cyber Integrity enables industrial companies to recognize the impact of a cyber attack on control systems more quickly, initiate an incident response that matches the risk level, and provide compliance-ready reporting that meets business and regulatory requirements.

“The cyber threat to plants and their industrial control systems is an existential one,” says Eddie Habibi, chief executive officer and founder at PAS. “The confluence of growing interest in the Industrial Internet of Things, increasing frequency and sophistication of ICS cyber attacks, and the opportunity that a control system presents a hacker, creates significant risk to plant safety and profitability. Mitigating this risk by keeping hackers at bay is why we have added a new business unit within our company, and it is why we have provided the new capabilities within Cyber Integrity.”

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YokogawaUSA has a new CEO #pauto #automation #manufacturing

A somewhat delayed press release was issued yesterday, announcing a big management change at Yokogawa America.This has been in the works for over a year, and Insider learned about it last year, but agreed to not disclose what was happening until it was official. Note that Chet Mroz, the outgoing CEO is not retiring. He has become a chief advisor to the President of YEC, sort of in the way that the Japanese Shogun would retire, but continue to be a force.

Here's the press release:


Yokogawa Corporation of America Appoints Daniel L. Duncan as Chief Executive Officer

Yokogawa Corporation of America announces that effective April 1, 2015, Daniel L. Duncan has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Yokogawa’s North American operations. In this position, Mr. Duncan is responsible for all day-to-day operations in North America.

Mr. Duncan began his professional career as an engineer with Georgia Power Company. Then he led a systems integration firm focused on both discrete and process automation projects. This was followed by roles in industrial distribution and at Honeywell Industrial Automation and Control. Mr. Duncan joined Siemens Energy & Automation in 1997 holding various management roles in automation marketing, regional and national sales. Mr. Duncan’s most recent responsibilities were as VP and General Manager of the Oil & Gas Division of Siemens Energy, Inc. based in Houston, TX and responsible for the Americas region. His divisional portfolio included power generation, compression, conceptual engineering, real-time data intelligence solutions, process safety engineering, water treatment solutions, integrated electrical solutions and subsea products. Mr. Duncan earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Chet Mroz, former President and CEO of Yokogawa Corporation of America, has transitioned into the role of Executive Advisor for Strategy and Innovation, where he will support the globalization efforts and the industrial automation growth initiatives for Yokogawa Electric Company. He had the following to say about Mr. Duncan’s recent appointment:
“Since July of 2014, Daniel has been our COO and has rapidly assimilated our structure, capabilities, resources and developed insightful plans to build upon them for Yokogawa Corporation of America’s continued growth in a more challenging market. His extensive knowledge and experience in the industrial automation, process and energy industries and professional engineering services businesses will contribute considerably to Yokogawa’s growth and presence in the North American region.”

Mr. Duncan commented: “I am very excited to join a company that is celebrating 100 years of innovation. We continue to adhere to our founder’s principles of providing high quality products that contribute to the development of the world. As can be seen at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) this year, we have developed deep relationships with customers that value these principles and trust us to develop and implement solutions critical to their business. We will continue to find new ways to add value to those customer relationships and focus on connecting with more customers who can benefit from our expertise and capabilities.”

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The April 2015 INSIDER is out! #pauto #automation

April 2015 Insider The INSIDER looks at IBM and the Internet of Things, Honeywell's Cyber Initiatives, How the IoT Impacts ABB Flow Meter Designs, The Development of Pan European PR, PI Favors Profinet, The Great Fieldbus Merger, MCAA Meets to Record Attendance, RAOTM in the Philippines, Phoenix Contact expands in SEA, B&R Views INDIA as Strategic, "What Will Young People Do When Their Jobs Go Away?"-Editorial by Walt Boyes, INSIDER Profile: Eddie Habibi of PAS,"Are Automation Companies Ready for Industry 4.0?" - Rajabahadur V. Arcot.

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