February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

Features

Does Aligning Cybersecurity, Process Safety Approaches Reduce Risk?

Cyber-attacks are more hostile and frequent than ever. We’ve all heard news stories about how intellectual property and private information have been stolen by hackers. When this happens, it can be costly in some cases and embarrassing in others. However, for industrial operations, the stakes are much higher. It is absolutely essential we protect industrial operations from cyber-interference to avoid any compromise to the safety and security of the plant, its people and the environment. A recent news story published on Bloomberg.com described a 2008 explosion at an oil pipeline, identifying a cyber-attack as the initiating cause. According to the article, “Hackers had shut down alarms, cut

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