Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Sept 4, 2018

Rockwell CyberhygeineGlobal cyber attacks — like WannaCry and Petya — affected thousands of targets and networks around the world.

Even if you escaped these, attacks targeting an industry, company or country can cause as much damage, whether the goal is to disrupt operations, gain attention or ransom data.

In just the last few years I’ve seen substantial maturing around how food and beverage companies manage cyber risk within their industrial environment.

We’re beginning to see companies not just think about cybersecurity from the perspective of defense in depth, but also starting to adopt capabilities that allow them to address cyber risk across an attack continuum.

They’re doing this by focusing in on the five functions:

  • Identify what they have and the associated risks
  • Put protection mechanisms in place to protect what they have
  • Detect when threats bypass those protection mechanisms
  • Implement capabilities to respond to incidents quickly
  • Develop a system to support rapid recovery

These are the five functions addressed in the NIST cybersecurity framework, and they’re a good place to start to understand what capabilities are needed to implement a base level of cyber hygiene within your industrial control environment.

Decrease your attack surface

Right now I’d say food and beverage companies are getting better at basic cyber hygiene. That approach starts with not just understanding what is connected on your plant floor, but understanding its attack surface.

In other words, what are those assets’ vulnerabilities? Then use that knowledge to address the known vulnerabilities by patching them.

To help minimize your risk, consider a security program focused on four key areas:

1. Maintain an asset inventory with an emphasis on understanding the attack surface or vulnerability

2. Vulnerability, patch and configuration management. Have programs in place to address known vulnerabilities, patch regularly and have mature processes around how configuration changes are made and tracked

3. Employ backup and recovery mechanisms for all critical assets to help ensure you have the ability to quickly pull from a known good backup.

4. Complete regular risk assessments to measure risk and manage it. Use the assessments to show your organization the level of risk they are exposed to and the resources (time, money, people) needed to mitigate it

Successfully implementing these tenets of basic cyber hygiene are the first steps in building an effective cyber security program for your organization and improving your ability to defend against future cyber attacks.

Obsolescence and cyber risk

A key tenet of basic cyber hygiene is the ability to address known vulnerabilities. But in some instances a vendor might no longer support a critical asset. Consider the following questions when evaluating the overall risk of maintaining obsolete hardware or software:

  • What is the impact of someone exploiting this vulnerability?
  • Is there a way to address this vulnerability through the application of an alternative mitigating control?
  • If not, can I justify migrating to a supported platform/solution/product set for this application?

The answers to these questions become the basis for your discussions around mitigation and migration. You can begin budgeting funds to move from basic cyber hygiene to an industrial cyber program that allows you to continually evaluate risk and match funding and resources to keep that risk to a tolerable level.

For all the benefits that smart manufacturing can offer, it also requires a more comprehensive approach to security. Seamless connectivity and smart devices are the catalysts to smart manufacturing — they but can also be a conduit for security threats.

Take these basic steps to help secure your infrastructure, protect assets and maintain network availability.

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OlsonBy Katrina Olson

A recent CEW article by David Gordon caught my eye. The headline was, Are Your Sales and Marketing Teams Inhibiting Growth?

As a marketing consultant, writer, and trainer, I recognized the challenges and barriers that David was writing about. We agree on many issues (and their causes) facing electrical distributors and marketers. But I also hear from marketing people all the time that the C-Suite is hindering their efforts which, in turn, hinders the company’s growth.  

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2018 Electrical North American MeetingOn October 29-31, 2018, the AD Electrical North American Meeting drew over 1,000 attendees. This event attracted 151 first time attendees and representatives from over 362 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Attendees benefited from a variety of agenda topics, including: Network Meetings, Emerging Leaders Session, and Country-specific Business Meetings. New to this year’s agenda was a SPA Optimization Workshop led by industry veteran Mo Barsema. In addition, members and suppliers also attended a panel discussion on managing and measuring your digital success.

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Changing Scene

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 EFC Announces 2018 Marketing Awards Winners

2018 Marketing Awards WinnersElectro-Federation Canada (EFC)’s Marketing Awards program recognizes member organizations that demonstrate marketing excellence and innovation within the Canadian electrical manufacturing and distribution industry. Winners of this year’s awards were recognized at EFC’s 8th Annual Future Forum, held earlier this month. (Shown in photo: EFC President and CEO Carole McGlogan with representatives from Bartle & Gibson, winners of the Integrated Marketing Award — distributor under $50 million.)Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)’s Marketing Awards program recognizes member organizations that demonstrate marketing excellence...

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Peers & Profiles

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 Young Leaders: Taylor Gerrie

Taylor GerrieOn a regular basis, our publications profile members of our industry through their responses to a Q&A. It’s a way of recognizing industry movers and shakers, and helping our readers get to know them better. 

Recently we launched an initiative with Electro-Federation Canada's Young Professionals Network to include profiles of up-and-coming leaders. We provided the list of questions below to Taylor Gerrie, Automation Account Specialist at Gerrie Electric Wholesale Ltd. in Burlington, Ontario. Here are Taylor’s responses.

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Susan Uthayakumar, President of Schneider Electric Canada: Driving Success

Susan UthayakumarBy Owen Hurst

First and foremost, sitting down with Susan Uthayakumar feels more like sitting down and conversing with a friend than conducting an interview with the Canadian president of one of the world’s largest electrical manufacturers. Of course, she exudes the confidence and knowledge her position demands, but equally identifiable are an open and engaging nature.

In a recent sit-down, we learned a little about Susan’s history and what drives her to succeed.

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Looking Back

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One year our conference was in Hamilton, Ontario. Mr. Caouillette, our speaker, got lost and instead of going to Hamilton went to Toronto. I think that that was the longest cocktail hour that CEDA ever had… waiting for him to arrive. Certainly that night the head table and everyone were in good spirits.

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Small electrical distributors just were not acceptable for membership as they did not carry the main-line manufacturers’ goods, publish a wiring device catalogue, or employ four to five salesmen as CEDA requested.

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