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Kenexis Integrated Safety Suite – Users Group Meeting

By | 2018-07-18T11:59:47+00:00 July 18th, 2018|News|

    REGISTRATION IS OPEN for Kenexis Integrated Software Suite - Users Group Meeting Kenexis Houston will be hosting the annual Kenexis Integrated Software Suite - Users Group Meeting 05NOV2018 from 5-8pm. The event will be held online and live at our Houston office near the ISA 84 November meeting location. Kenexis is actually on [...]

Midstream Cybersecurity Risks

By | 2018-06-21T16:18:43+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Jim McGlone|

Midstream Cybersecurity Risks What happens if a hacker takes control remotely of a pump station and spoofs the pressure indicator, so the logic controller can’t shut-down the booster pump, and then closes a discharge valve – blocking the pump in and over-pressuring the downstream piping? When you are focused on designing safety requirements for industry, [...]

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Top 10 SIEM Solution Providers

By | 2018-06-20T09:50:38+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Author, ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone|

We are please to announce that Kenexis was chosen by Enterprise Security as one of the top 10 SIEM solution providers recently. This was based on our work over the last few years implementing SIEM solutions in highly regulated industries on legacy control system environments with mediocre network architectures. Enterprise Security saw us filling a [...]

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Consequence and Cybersecurity

By | 2018-06-19T15:48:23+00:00 June 19th, 2018|ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone, News|

Industrial Control Systems or Operational Technology cybersecurity risk calculations are typically based on  threat, vulnerability, and consequence in an equation similar to the one below: risk = threat x vulnerability x consequence If we assign numbers, like 1 to 5, and define each number in the range for each variable, we can probably solve the [...]

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Kenexis Receives Accreditation for ISO 9001

By | 2018-04-18T16:54:52+00:00 April 18th, 2018|News|

Kenexis Receives Accreditation for ISO 9001:2015 Kenexis received accreditation for demonstrating their ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications. "Kenexis has demonstrated its commitment to world class quality by implementing and becoming certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. They have joined an elite number of organizations worldwide who have achieved certification to [...]

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Fire and Gas Practices for LNG Facilities Survey

By | 2018-04-11T16:11:08+00:00 April 11th, 2018|News|

Fire and Gas Practices for LNG Facilities Survey We are looking for survey feedback that we will share the results with all respondents regarding: Kenexis is performing a survey of industry in order to benchmark the practices of operating companies with respect to how their fire and gas systems are designed.  The purpose of this [...]

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You Have Received a Confidential Document

By | 2018-04-11T12:58:46+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Jim McGlone|

A month ago I was on my way into Istanbul from the Middle East. I filled out the online form for a Visa to enter the country and received an email that had malware attached to the link for my Visa. That one got me and took down my email for a couple hours why [...]

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Translation in Open PHA™ Premium

By | 2018-01-26T12:36:09+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Jim McGlone, News, OpenPHA|

Earlier this week, we enabled a powerful function in Open PHA™ Premium that allows you to translate all of your work or a site's work into almost any language. This makes it easy for someone at headquarters to read a HAZOP from a site even though the site performed the work in their local language. Now [...]

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SIS Overview and Awareness Online Course

By | 2018-01-26T11:43:14+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Jim McGlone, News, Training|

We are pleased to announce the addition of the Safety Instrumented Systems Overview and Awareness to the Kenexis Online Training Center. This course provides an online self-paced overview and awareness level of SIS design that is appropriate for all personnel that interact with SIS in any way. The course includes informative examples that highlight [...]

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Control System SIEM Implementation

By | 2018-01-26T11:43:26+00:00 August 30th, 2017|ICS Cybersecurity, ICS Design and Implementation, Jim Gilsinn, Jim McGlone|

Network appliances like firewalls and switches, have software (commonly referred to as firmware) on them that monitor and log security events. Unfortunately, the logs are rarely read by anyone. In fact, most people have never logged into their home router to look at the logs or change the administrator password. If the firmware was compromised, [...]

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Reducing Turnaround Time and Cost

By | 2018-01-26T11:44:12+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Jim McGlone, Process Hazards Analysis, Reducing Turnaround Cost, Safety Instrumented System, Vertigo|

In todays oil and chemicals market, time and budgets are strained to remain operational with a slight profit. Many facilities are making difficult operational and turnaround decisions to survive while possibly putting their operation at risk at the same time. There might be a significant way to reduce time and cost during operations and [...]

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Kenexis joins Purdue Process Safety and Assurance Center

By | 2018-01-26T11:44:24+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Jim McGlone, News|

Kenexis is pleased to announce that is has joined the Purdue Process Safety and Assurance Center. The Purdue Process Safety and Assurance Center is deep in research and education for fire and gas detector placement, and process safety. The Purdue Process Safety and Assurance Center and Kenexis share common goals in preventing unnecessary loss of [...]

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1947 Texas City industrial accident

By | 2017-08-29T14:56:36+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Jim McGlone, News, Process Hazards Analysis, Safety Instrumented System|

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 | 2017-08-29T14:56:50+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Jim McGlone, News, 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 | 2017-06-25T19:58:08+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Fire and Gas Systems, ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone, News, Process Hazards Analysis, Safety Instrumented System|

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 | 2017-08-29T14:58:03+00:00 November 15th, 2016|ICS Cybersecurity, Jim Gilsinn, News|

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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Kenexis – Houston Training Center

By | 2016-08-11T15:40:07+00:00 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 | 2017-06-25T19:58:09+00:00 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 | 2017-06-25T19:58:09+00:00 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 | 2017-06-25T19:58:09+00:00 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 | 2017-06-25T19:58:09+00:00 April 20th, 2016|Author, ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone, Process Hazards Analysis, Safety Instrumented System|

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 | 2017-06-25T19:58:09+00:00 April 20th, 2016|Author, ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone|

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 | 2017-06-25T19:58:09+00:00 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 | 2017-06-25T19:58:09+00:00 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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