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The Florida Water System Hack And How to Protect Your Operation From A Similar Fate

Posted on Thu, Mar 11, 2021 @ 5:32 PM

Lessons from the Pinellas County, FL Hack The biggest challenge the 55,000 water treatment plants in the US face is monitoring the plant to avoid intrusions. In our increasingly digital world, the threat of intrusion is no longer just physical. Water treatment plants are amongst the focus of cyberattacks from international hackers and extremists. The recent hack of the treatment facility in Pinellas County, Florida, shows us that even the smallest operations are at risk. Why? The reason is simple; each of these plants provides water to an average of about 50,000 Americans. The potential impact of a hack is substantial for those seeking to do maximum damage. This figure is attraction-seeking, and the US water supply technology has very little protection against hacking. The Florida incident is a case study to explore the prevailing problems with the existing water system management technologies in the country and how operators can better protect their critical infrastructure going forward. BACKGROUND: The Florida Water System Hack In the early days of February 2021, an unknown hacker recently infiltrated a computer for the water system and briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide by a factor of more than 100. The introduction of sodium hydroxide would have led to the loss of disinfectant in the water, a sudden change in water PH level, and dissolved oxygen in suspension. (more…)... Continue Reading

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RACO Mfg and Eng, an Encompass Partner since 1991 will be at Rockwell Automation On The Move in Hartford, CT, May 7-8, 2013

Posted on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 @ 7:54 PM

Find out how RACO's alarm monitoring and notification systems can provide greater security and peace of mind. Be sure to find out about our FREE integration notes! Discover Smart, Safe, Sustainable Manufacturing Solutions Enable Plant-wide Optimization — Helping you get more productivity and efficiency from your automation investments throughout all stages of your plant’s lifecycle. Boost Machine Builder Performance — Flexible, scalable automation solutions designed to lower Total Cost to Design, Develop and DeliverSM machines and improve overall performance. Drive Sustainable Production — Increase competitiveness and overcome the rising costs of energy, raw materials and lost worker productivity. Participate in technical sessions, hands-on labs and interact with products and technology exhibits. DATE: May 7-8, 2013 Time: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Place: Connecticut Convention Center For more details and registration, visit Rockwell Automation's Website... Continue Reading

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