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Posted by: on June 25, 2015

Field crimping a plastic RJ45 plug on the end of a horizontal cable to directly connect to an IP camera or WAP (wireless application point) may seem like a great idea. After all, plastic plugs are very inexpensive. A horizontal cable and one plug seems like a very simple option, and installation always looks neat and clean.

But, if this is the route you choose to go, then buyer beware: The methodology is riddled with pitfalls, headaches, and unexpected costs!

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on June 24, 2015

Recently a previously identified malware, named Duqu , re-emerged in a very surprising way. It was detected attacking the systems of Kaspersky Lab, one of the leading cyber security firms in the world. And, it wasn’t just that it went after the experts’ systems that is amazing, what is also amazing is how it did it.

Kaspersky researchers said that “The philosophy and way of thinking of the ’Duqu 2.0‘ group is a generation ahead of anything seen in the APT world.” (APT stands for Advanced Persistent Threat.)

What is this new malware and how does it relate to ICS security?

While not a threat to ICS as far as we know today, it is a reminder that APTs are a type of risk that industrial operators should be evaluating on an ongoing basis. The goal here is to inform you, not alarm you, about this unique threat. Then we’ll revisit the best practices for defending industrial systems against APTs.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Paul Kish on June 18, 2015

4K has made some hefty promises to provide better detail, texture, clarity and resolution by quadrupling the number of pixels being delivered. Also known as ultra-high definition resolution, 4K presents four times the picture resolution that standard high-definition resolution offers.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on June 17, 2015

The rate of change in industrial networking is higher today than ever before. Besides moving to Ethernet, cyber security has become a top concern. Plus the buzz about the Industrial Internet of Things can be confusing.

If any of this is ringing true for you, you won’t want to miss the 2015 Belden Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure (IEI) Design Seminar. It’s the one event that helps in two important ways:

It provides no-nonsense, “I can use this immediately when I get back on the job” tips to improve your industrial Ethernet networking design skills.

It will inform you about the Industrial Internet of Things and provide actions you can take now to start benefitting from it.

Let’s take a closer look at what this event offers.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: on June 11, 2015

We use terms like CM, PVC and LSZH to describe communications cable every day, but do you know what do these terms really mean? And, more importantly, which one does your project actually need? The guide below will outline many industry cable types, along with some acronyms that are often used synonymously (but not always correctly!).

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on June 10, 2015

“Engineers not specializing in cyber security often throw their hands up at security, it’s not what they do,” says Pat Differ, Director of Sales at Securicon LLC, a consulting firm specializing in cyber security services and solutions for critical infrastructure industries. “The result is they may end up relying heavily on IT-oriented or recommended solutions that are not meant for industrial applications.”

If this bears any resemblance to what is happening in your organization, we have good news for you. Belden has recently teamed up with Securicon to provide one-stop security solutions to our customers.

I recently had the opportunity to speak to Pat and Securicon’s CEO, Paul Hurley, to find out their thoughts on the state of industrial security. Read on to find out their innovative ideas about how to move forward on cyber security.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Mike Peterson on June 04, 2015

As the need for speed in the data center continues to grow, you’ve probably been bombarded with high speed assembly terms like SFP+, QSFP+, interoperability, DAC, AOC, EEPROM … and the list goes on! High speed assemblies are ideal for a number of different data center deployments, such as top of rack (ToR) and middle of row (MoR).

With new products and technologies being introduced at what feels like a daily rate, we thought a quick guide to various high speed assembly terms and acronyms would be useful. Here are some of the most commonly used phrases used when discussing high speed assemblies.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on June 03, 2015

Are you tired of hearing about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) of things already…. but are unsure how it is going to impact your job or what you should be doing about it?

Join the crowd!

While the IIoT is an important trend that is occurring rapidly and right now, understanding it, taking action on it and benefitting from it does not have to be difficult.

Let’s take a look at what this trend is all about and the practical steps you can take to make your communication infrastructure an efficient super highway that drives IIoT benefits.

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