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Effigy & Vertigo in Portuguese & Chinese

By |2017-06-25T19:58:09+00:00April 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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ISA announces Kenexis as an ISA Promotional Partner

By |2017-06-25T19:58:09+00:00March 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 |2016-02-23T15:09:30+00:00February 10th, 2016|ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone, Process Hazards Analysis, Safety Instrumented System|

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 |2017-06-25T19:58:09+00:00December 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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ISA Houston Section Monthly Meeting, Wednesday November 4th

By |2015-10-27T23:14:48+00:00October 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 |2015-11-23T08:20:46+00:00October 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 Cybersecurity

By |2017-08-30T15:23:57+00:00July 27th, 2015|Jim McGlone, News|

SPRING-BASED CYBERSECURITY 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 guys) were [...]

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ISA Performance-based Fire and Gas Systems Engineering Handbook

By |2017-10-18T16:22:39+00:00July 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 [...]

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ISO 9001:2008 Certified

By |2017-06-25T19:58:13+00:00April 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 |2017-06-25T19:58:13+00:00April 8th, 2015|ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone, News|

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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ISA-62443 Standards Training Class

By |2017-06-25T19:58:13+00:00March 27th, 2015|ICS Cybersecurity|

Using the ANSI/ISA-62443 Standards to Secure Your Industrial Control System (IC32), 30 April - 01 May 2015 Bryan Singer will be teaching this class at the UAB Engineering Complex in Birmingham, AL. The early bird discount is good until 02 April 2015. Seats are limited. See the attached brochure for more information. Cybersecurity -BHAM-Section-IC32- flyer[3].pdf   [...]

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Who Is Watching Me Now

By |2015-10-01T01:03:42+00:00March 13th, 2015|ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone, News|

With the articles that surfaced recently about the post office snapping pictures of faces and license plates as people drove onto their lot, I decided to tell my own recent experience. I was at a conference, when I noticed a near field antenna hanging in the ceiling. It registered in my subconscious, but I did not [...]

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Industrial Control Network Cost Millions

By |2017-06-25T19:58:13+00:00February 23rd, 2015|ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone|

Industrial Control Network Cost Millions I never considered spending a million dollars directly on an industrial control system network, but I was wrong. I changed my view after we had a network incident that caused a production outage. My production personnel knew exactly the demands of their service level agreement. I knew they would do [...]

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NEW ICS Blue Team Training Course, April

By |2017-06-25T19:58:13+00:00February 19th, 2015|ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone, News|

NEW ICS Blue Team Training Course, April We are pleased to offer a new ICS Blue Team Training, April 28th and 29th. This 2-day course is being offered for the first time to our customers. We will be teaching the hands-on course, Practical ICS Security Training, on how to defend an industrial control system from [...]

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S4x15 ICS Security Conference

By |2017-06-25T19:58:13+00:00February 5th, 2015|News|

Kenexis presented the keynote speech at the S4x15 conference last week.  During our presentation,  we detailed the many ways in which a process or process equipment, such as  a distillation column is designed to protect the operators, itself, and the environment.  We believe that all systems that can potentially cause harm of any sort, should [...]

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No Blue Team

By |2017-06-25T19:58:13+00:00November 24th, 2014|Author, ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone|

Listening to the cyber security drumbeat, I often hear mention of red and blue team exercises. As an ex-military guy, I like this because it reminds me of military scenarios like when our submarine was...  Oops, I cannot actually tell that story. Anyway, the red team attacks and the blue team defends. I was wondering [...]

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Network and Cyber Security Awareness Training for ICS: Why it is Important

By |2017-06-25T19:58:13+00:00November 12th, 2014|Author, ICS Cybersecurity|

  Whether discussing plant safety, process improvement, or cybersecurity, one truth is always present:  You cannot improve on that which you cannot see, understand, and learn to control.   Many operators today when considering industrial cybersecurity still see the world as someone or some group launches an attack from the Internet, it starts at 8:01 in [...]

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Cyber Security and PHA (HAZOP)

By |2014-11-20T16:39:18+00:00November 3rd, 2014|Author, ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone|

In today’s cyber security threat environment, we should consider adding cyber security considerations to our hazards analysis. Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) or Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) studies of processes seek to identify malfunctions that might harm the people, process, or the environment. Quantitative and Qualitative Risk Analysis (QRA) is used to evaluate the actual risk [...]

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Proper Cybersecurity Keeps Industry Running Efficiently

By |2014-11-20T16:40:19+00:00October 10th, 2014|ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone, News|

In this month’s copy of InTech magazine (an ISA publication), there is an article by one of our senior investigators, Jim Gilsinn. At Kenexis, Jim is involved in ICS network vulnerability assessments; performance and reliability assessments as well as ICS network design and training. Jim also co-chairs the ISA62443 (ISA99) committee. The article can be [...]

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Stale Data, Process Running

By |2014-11-20T16:41:12+00:00August 15th, 2014|Author, ICS Cybersecurity, Jim McGlone|

It surprises us how often we see operators that are conditioned to wait for a display or historian data to update or fill in the stale or missing data. This is actually a common cyber security threat, where the ability of the operator is degraded either by supplanting what the operator can see or removing [...]

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Can I Increase SIS Test Intervals to Seven Years?

By |2017-06-25T19:58:14+00:00May 6th, 2014|Author, Edward M. Marszal|

I recently received a question from an operating company engineer. He was asked to confirm that the safety instrumented systems were suitable for increasing the test interval up to seven years from a current figure of five years. Even though he believed that the calculations would show that the increased test interval was acceptable, he [...]

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