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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

It also happens to be (among other things) Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dental Hygiene Month, National Bullying Prevention Month and my personal favorite, National Pizza Month. Plus, it’s Halloween! But I digress…we’re here to talk about cybersecurity.

Every manufacturer should hold cybersecurity awareness training for all their staff at least once a year. Many people are spooked by the mere mention of the words “cybersecurity” and “training,” so October seems like an appropriate time for it. Your training should, at a minimum, cover relevant company policies such as your IT security, information security, and physical security.

Keeping Machines, OT Networks and IT Safe From Cyberattacks

System integrators and machine builders are great sources when you want to learn how to protect control networks from viruses and ransomware. After all, they design and build machines that must operate continuously without incident, supplying operational data to those who need it—and keeping their equipment and the rest of the plant safe from cybersecurity intrusions—malware, viruses and ransomware.

One such machine builder that has been making cyber-secure, safe machines and IT/OT networks communicate without incident for six years is elliTek, Inc., a Control System Integrators Association member. I spoke with elliTek’s president, Brandon Ellis, who has probably seen it all—from the vantage point of where the rubber meets the road.

Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, elliTek builds custom machines for manufacturing systems and offers comprehensive turnkey and design/build services—in addition to tech training. The SI offers IIoT solutions …

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