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Posted by: on July 02, 2015

At Belden, we believe we have a choice in what we do and how we do it. If there’s a chance for improvement, we have the opportunity to act.

Belden’s Traceable Bonded-Pair Patch Cords are a great example of choosing improvement. Not only do the patch cords have a few features that remind us of a festive 4th of July fireworks show – they light up on both ends with red LEDs, and are available in eight jacket colors, including red, white, and blue – they provide an alternative to industry-standard patch cable.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on July 01, 2015

As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) rapidly drives up the number of connected devices in facilities, everything – from the plant floor, to oil rigs, to substations – is transforming. This transformation includes an increase in the use of industrial wireless for a number of applications.

For example, wireless connections are being used more and more for things like data collection, access to remote equipment and connecting portable equipment to the plant network.

Perhaps you’ve tried wireless in the past and it just didn’t work out how you hoped in terms of reliability or security.

Well, if that were the case, I urge you now to reconsider. Wireless technology and standards have vastly improved and today it is possible to deploy robust, reliable, secure industrial wireless solutions.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

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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