Newsletter Volume 24 Issue 3

Cybersecurity Best Practices
Contemporary industrial cybersecurity measures require the right hardware and software technologies, but must also incorporate user best practices.
Now that most intelligent automation devices include wired or wireless network connectivity, end users can easily obtain valuable equipment data. However, the more capable PLCs, HMIs, and other devices making this possible also mean that designers need to look for cybersecurity-centric features, and update end user behavior to be focused on such concerns.
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Industrial Data Rises in Prominence
Accessing actionable data is just as important as delivering reliable automation in some applications. Certainly, industrial users demand flawless functionality for machines and equipment, but they increasingly need to gather data from all types of industrial sources so they can view, analyze, and act upon it. Even though most PLCs, PACs, HMIs, and other automation devices are Ethernet-compatible, users must carefully consider which platforms will support current and future data management and security needs.
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StrideLinx?s IEC 62443 Conformance Helps Machine Builders with Their Own IT/OT Cybersecurity
Applied Risk, a trusted partner in cybersecurity, has audited StrideLinx on the IEC 62443 security standards. By seeking compliance with the IEC 62443 standards, StrideLinx supports machine builders with getting their security in place. StrideLinx?s mission is to unburden machine builders in terms of security and offer them a helping hand in completing their own IEC 62443 compliance and getting closer to a fully secure system or machine.
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The CLICK PLUS PLC Wins the 2022 Control Engineering Magazine Engineers? Choice Awards for the PLCs, PACs Category 
AutomationDirect?s CLICK PLUS PLC is the next generation platform for delivering reliable and familiar functionality for basic control applications, combined with advanced features like Wi-Fi, data logging, and increased security measures. All starting at just $89!
On February 7, 2022 the AutomationDirect CLICK PLUS PLC was announced as the Control Engineering 2022 Engineers? Choice Awards winner in the ?Controls Systems: PLCs, PACs? category. 
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