Thursday, May 25, 2017

WannaCry Ransomware Cryptoworm: What It Means To The Industrial World

By Chris Hamilton, Cybersecurity Working Group Co-Chair 

Many of you have heard about WannaCry, or WannaCrypt (Ransom:Win32/WannaCrypt) initially publicized by the DHS on May 12th. This worm is estimated to have affected over 150 countries and more than 200,000 assets in its short run to date.  It also has prompted Microsoft to release the first patch for Windows XP since end-of-extended-support (unprecedented) in attempts to curb the rampant spread of infection. The kill switch inadvertently discovered is only temporary as multiple iterations are expected, a la Conficker.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Business Value of Industry 4.0

By Francisco Almada-Lobo, MESA Member and CEO of Critical Manufacturing

MESA’s 2017 Smart Story Awards submission period  stay open until May 31st.  

In an interview with the winners of the 2016 Smart Story Awards, the top winning story from Critical Manufacturing raised some questions about Industry 4.0. More specifically, attendees wanted to know what is the business value of Industry 4.0. Here's the full answer:

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Notes From The Smart Manufacturing And IIoT Round Table Discussion

MESA-2017-Roundtable-Discussion-2I am sharing below some of my favorite highlights from the round table discussions on Smart Manufacturing at the 2017 Manufacturing & Technology Conference at Cleveland. MESA International organized this forum and there were many common discussion threads and questions among manufacturers moving forward with Smart Manufacturing and IIoT initiatives in their respective companies.