Addressing Cyber-Security in the Manufacturing Industry

Posted on July 13th, 2018
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As consumers, we’ve become accustomed to attacks on cyber-security in the form of data breaches. With 1,579 data breaches reported in 2017, the propensity for such threats continues to grow. Similar concerns also extend to the machines used on the shop floor of a manufacturing plant. Increasingly “smart” machines, which are connected to the internet, mean maintenance practices now require a new level of technical expertise and a heightened level of security for Operational Technology (OT) networks. Preventing OT Attacks Throughout the manufacturing floor, OT networks are designed to work together. The integrated system of networks includes industrial control and supervisory control and data acquisition systems. Such linked systems were once designed to stand alone with no additional outside protection needed, but connections to corporate networks for the communication of data mean these systems now handle real-time information and with…

Right Now is The Time to Consider a Career in Manufacturing

Posted on June 4th, 2018
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Post-graduation and the world is filled with opportunities. Depending on that’s next, this might include a summer working or an extended vacation before deciding what’s next, whether that’s attending a junior college or university, signing up for specialized training at a vocational school or entering the armed forces. What you might not realize is that each of those options could also be a path leading toward a career in manufacturing. A two-year trade or vocational school could provide opportunities to learn machine tool building, welding and computer equipment programming skills. A university path could supply further advancement toward the critical science and math skills necessary for an engineering degree. Or, military enlistment could translate into a position as a technician, welder, machinist or analyst. Over the last decade, manufacturing has undergone many beneficial changes that make it the perfect launch…