Safety Instrumented Systems

PHA, LOPA, and QRA

Fire and Gas Systems

Industrial Cyber Security

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By | April 17th, 2017|News|

Today, we remember the 1947 Texas City industrial accident. The picture in our office, reminds us daily that Kenexis exist to prevent these. ‬ Learn more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_disaster  

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Kenexis Launches New Learning Center Portal

By | March 24th, 2017|Jim McGlone, Training|

The team at Kenexis has further embraced distance learning and launched a dedicated portal for learning about functional safety and industrial control system cybersecurity. There are currently two courses available on the portal, with several more coming soon. Kenexis had been offering an online course directly on its website. The new architecture will give Kenexis [...]

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Achilles JQS Registered

By | November 15th, 2016|Fire and Gas Systems, Jim McGlone, News, Process Hazards Analysis, Safety Instrumented System, SCADA Security|

Achilles JQS Registered Supplier Kenexis Consulting Corporation is pleased to announce that it is a registered, verified, and compliant supplier on Achilles Joint Qualification System (JQS) for the Oil and Gas Industry in Norway and Denmark. Achilles creates and manages a global network of collaborative industry communities, allowing trading partners to share high quality, structured, [...]

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BSides DC 2016 Cybersecurity ICS Work

By | November 15th, 2016|Jim McGlone, SCADA Security|

Recently, Jim Gilsinn presented at BSides DC 2016 about cybersecurity work on Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition). His presentation was titled: "What's the Big Deal with Assessing ICS/SCADA?" If you are considering a career in ICS Cybersecurity, this might persuade you to go back to law school. YouTube Link

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ICS Cybersecurity Professionals Needed

By | November 1st, 2016|Jim McGlone, News, SCADA Security|

Kenexis is looking for industrial control system cybersecurity professionals to join a highly trained and dedicated team. Take a look at the job posting and let us know if you are interested.

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Kenexis – Houston Training Center

By | August 11th, 2016|News|

We have been presenting and hosting classes in the Kenexis – Houston Training Center. Kenexis is finishing up the remodeling of their offices in Houston to improve the training center experience. Classes are scheduled for industrial automation, process and cyber security training courses. Our office in just south of I10 in the Energy Corridor just [...]

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Shevat

By | July 1st, 2016|Jim McGlone, News|

      Kenexis is pleased to announce our newest business partner, Shevat Engineering and Training in Campinas, Brazil. Shevat partnership extends Kenexis services and engineering tools to the South American markets including Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. We are pleased to announce this relationship that signals the start of an exciting time for Kenexis in [...]

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Optimizing Gas Detector Placement

By | June 6th, 2016|Fire and Gas Systems, Jim McGlone|

Where it Leaks, Accumulates, and Migrates The process industries are starting to adopt performance-based design techniques for fire & gas detection systems versus prescriptive models.  This is increasingly important after recent fire & explosion events have caused major loss of life and asset damage.   Meanwhile, some continue to use methods for layout of gas detection based [...]

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Update or Isolate Legacy Systems

By | April 27th, 2016|News|

I was reading an article on the wire this morning about a nuclear power plant in Germany potentially compromised by cybersecurity problems. In the article, it was revealed that the infected system or culprit, was an old HMI station for moving control rods that was last updated in 2008. While this might escape discovery in [...]

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Cybersecurity PHA Review

By | April 20th, 2016|Author, Jim McGlone, Process Hazards Analysis, Safety Instrumented System, SCADA Security|

Make sure to check out the cover article in ISA’s InTech publication. In the article, Ed Marszal explains: “Even though cyber-threats are not adequately addressed with existing process hazard analysis (PHA) methods, there is no reason to abandon everything that we know about process risk assessment and start from scratch. Instead, industry is extending tried-and-true [...]

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Patching & Hardening – Cybersecurity

By | April 20th, 2016|Author, Jim McGlone, SCADA Security|

It is important to note the difference between ‘patching’ and ‘hardening.’ It is also important to note the importance both functions play in protecting your computer systems. Patching a computer system (whether it is a computer or an embedded controller like a PLC) takes care of critical vulnerabilities (holes where malware might be able to get [...]

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Website Changes, Translation Services, and Secure Site Technology

By | April 7th, 2016|Jim McGlone, News|

  You may not have noticed some of the changes to the Kenexis website. It is now converted to new web technologies making it much easier to use on your smart phone, tablet or computer. Another usability enhancement was the addition of translation services provided by Microsoft Bing. This enables you to read many of [...]

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Effigy & Vertigo in Portuguese & Chinese

By | April 7th, 2016|Effigy, Jim McGlone, News, Product Update, Vertigo|

We have developed the Effigy (Fire & Gas Detector Mapping) and Vertigo (SIS Lifecycle Management) software tools in Kenexis Instrumented Safeguard Suite to support language switching through your browser. While we still have work to do to translate the help files, the application is already translated into Chinese and Portuguese. This is done through the [...]

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Did Iran Actually Attack (Cyber) a NY Dam?

By | March 11th, 2016|Jim McGlone, SCADA Security|

It appears the US is going to blame Iran (ink to the New York Times article) for the cyber attack on the NY dam.  

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ISA announces Kenexis as an ISA Promotional Partner

By | March 7th, 2016|Jim McGlone, News|

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (03 March 2016) –The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today that Kenexis, an independent engineering consulting firm providing technical safety and industrial cybersecurity services, is an ISA Promotional Partner. Through the partnership, Kenexis and ISA will work together to share Kenexis’ capabilities and technical knowledge with ISA members and customers. [...]

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Analyzing for Cybersecurity Risks during HAZOP

By | February 10th, 2016|Jim McGlone, Process Hazards Analysis, Safety Instrumented System, SCADA Security|

Attached is a presentation on how to analyze hazardous process situations for cybersecurity risks during a HAZOP or an interim review. We would be pleased to assist you in facilitating this type of review with a HAZOP expert and an Industrial Control System Cybersecurity expert. https://youtu.be/DcOAycWNgIE  

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China University of Petroleum

By | December 16th, 2015|News|

This month, Kenexis met with various entities in China to discuss upcoming challenges in functional safety. This is an ongoing effort to work with the Chinese in their efforts to build safe work environments in the chemical and oil and gas industries. While there, Ed Marszal (president) presented at the China University of Petroleum as a guest [...]

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Houston

By | November 10th, 2015|News|

We are pleased to announce that Charlie Souza has joined Kenexis. Charlie will manage our Houston office. Charlie is responsible for business development and sales in the Americas, as well as oversight responsibilities of our Houston area team for local projects in PHA/LOPA, Safety Instrumented Systems, Fire & Gas Systems, and Industrial Control Systems Security. [...]

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ISA Houston Section Expo & Chili Cook Off, Thursday November 12

By | October 27th, 2015|News|

Join Kenexis at the 2015 ISA Houston Section Expo & Chili Cook Off next month on Thursday November 12, 2015 form 5-9pm. Come by and visit us! RSVP

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ISA Houston Section Monthly Meeting, Wednesday November 4th

By | October 27th, 2015|News|

Please join us for the ISA Houston Section Monthly Meeting on Wednesday November 4, 2015 from 11am-1pm HESS Club 5430 Westheimer Rd. Houston, Texas 77056 Process Industry Accidents – Lessons Learned the Hard Way and How to Avoid Them Using a collection of videos, photographs and stories, this presentation will cover lessons learned from a [...]

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2015 Process Control and Safety Symposium

By | October 25th, 2015|News|

Kenexis will be presenting several papers at this conference on process safety and industrial cyber security. Come meet us at our booth, or let me know ahead of time and we will setup an opportunity to talk. Seven ISA Divisions are Teaming up in November 2015  2015 Process Control and Safety Symposium-Sponsored by Process Measurement [...]

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Spring Based Cyber Security

By | July 27th, 2015|Jim McGlone, News|

SPRING BASED CYBER SECURITY for SCADA, PLC, and all other Industrial Control Systems in Process Plants & Manufacturing The Problem We have become very comfortable using advanced controller technology and in some cases, we are not thinking through the potential problems the technology might cause. Just this week, a news story[1] surfaced where white-hat hackers (good [...]

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ISA Performance-based Fire and Gas Systems Engineering Handbook

By | July 8th, 2015|Jim McGlone, News|

We are pleased to announce that our book is being published by the ISA and is available for pre-order now. Performance-based Fire and Gas Systems Engineering Handbook By Austin Bryan, Elizabeth Smith, and Kevin Mitchell Copyright 2016 ISBN: 978-1-941546-45-1 Length: 186 Pages Format: Softbound Book Publisher - International Society of Automation - See more at: [...]

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ISO 9001:2008 Certified

By | April 17th, 2015|Jim McGlone, News|

ISO 9001 Registration Certificate in Lobby of Kenexis Headquarters Kenexis, a company dedicated to providing independent engineering consulting services to ensure the integrity of instrumented safeguards and industrial networks, has been successful in gaining ISO 9001:2008 accreditation after an audit of the company’s business practices by Performance Review Institute. ISO (International Organization for [...]

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Almost Clicked

By | April 8th, 2015|Jim McGlone, News, SCADA Security|

I was plowing through email late last evening and I almost clicked on this link. Lesson to me; stop plowing through email after 10pm. I tell everyone who will listen, to be very careful when you are tempted to click on a link in an email. It is so easy, and not all of the [...]

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