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Articles by Kevin Parker

SCADA water station ‘honeypot’ attracts 39 attacks from 14 countries

April 4, 2013
SCADA hit the front pages about two years ago when it came out that the Stuxnet virus had attacked Iranian centrifuges for processing nuclear materials.
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SCADA ‘honeypot’ mimics water station, attracts 39 attacks from 14 different countries

March 26, 2013
SCADA systems are today the most common means for establishing computer-based production monitoring and control. While the SCADA security challenge is widely recognized, just how bad it is can be hard to say, since, for most companies, little is to be gained by talking publicly about the problem.It took only 18 hours to find the first signs of attack on one of the honeypots.
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Space-age water treatment less constrained by gravity

March 21, 2013
Are water markets around the world getting serious about conservation and reuse?
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Computer-age coordination of age-old processes

March 12, 2013
Have you seen some of the things they do with industrial-plant software models today? As always, it’s the meshing of user roles that makes an integrated system sing.
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Availability, security and the internet of things

March 1, 2013
The question is not what the process industries are trying to accomplish by means of industrial information technology. But rather, Patricia T. Sparrell of Exxon Mobil says, “As you drive performance by opening up data and collaboration, how do you ensure cyber-security?”
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Warren Buffet and the food industry: big and getting bigger

February 26, 2013
A $28 billion offer for H.J. Heinz Co. may be the largest takeover of a pure food producer ever. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway partnered with private-equity firm 3G Capital on the announced deal, which is already taking some interesting twists.
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You’ll want to receive our industry newsletters

February 1, 2013
In February, Processing will launch two new industry-focused electronic newsletters. To receive these and other of our electronic deliverables, go to www.processingmagazine.com.
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There’s sand involved, but it’s no day at the beach

January 15, 2013
The water consumed in oil & gas production is something tremendous. Folks in the water and wastewater treatment industry know it, and they’re introducing solutions that make continuing use of carbon-based energy more sustainable.
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US chemicals industry again globally competitive

Natural gas as fuel and feedstock; demand growth from emerging economies
January 1, 2013
It’s all a matter of vocabulary. First the word “shale” entered the daily water-cooler discourse, along with “horizontal drilling” and “fracturing.” It wasn’t long before large swaths of the American public realized the natural-gas energy revolution was on.
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Profiles of the winners

December 12, 2012
This December 2012 issue of Processing magazine marks the first time this editor has had the pleasure of working on its annual Breakthrough Products awards. What was striking after reviewing both the submissions and the winners was how many of the solutions presented came out of companies headquartered in the U.S. manufacturing heartlands, or in a few cases, the European manufacturing heartlands.
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