Many manufacturers continue to use older – even unsupported – versions of Microsoft Windows in their manufacturing environment. Given the potential severity of this security threat, Polytron felt that we should take some time to make you aware of this recent advisory as it may impact your manufacturing systems.
Following the warnings issued by Microsoft, the National Security Agency is urging Microsoft Windows administrators and users to ensure they are using a patched and updated system in the face of growing threats – in particular, a new threat dubbed “BlueKeep.” Click Here for a copy of the NSA’s advisory for your reference.
This worm-like threat is exploiting vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Server 2003 and 2008. Microsoft likened BlueKeep to EternalBlue, the exploit that was at the heart of the self-spreading component used during WannaCry, NotPetya, and Bad Rabbit. They have also expressed great concern about how easily and rapidly this threat can affect corporate networks: “It only takes one vulnerable computer connected to the internet to provide a potential gateway into these corporate networks, where advanced malware could spread, infecting computers across the enterprise.”
Microsoft has issued patches for this threat and strongly advises that “all affected systems should be updated as soon as possible.” You can access the patcheshere.
We at Polytron are keenly interested in the success of your manufacturing business. Our team of certified industrial network engineers can assist you in applying these patches in your manufacturing systems to ensure secure and stable integration of your assets. Please Contact Us if we can help you in any way.
Polytron’s PolySimSM three-dimensional animated simulation was on display at ProFood Tech, demonstrating the following real-world case study.
A well-known global consumer goods manufacturer had several bottling lines that were underperforming. There was pressure to make upgrades and improvements in order to meet KPIs; mitigate investment risk; and meet growing market demand. Lines needed to operate more efficiently and profitably. The company’s goal was always clear: Increase production by 50 percent. They decided to pilot some changes on one line before universally reconfiguring the others. Read More
The Polytron team is excited to announce that we have completed the Control System Integrator Association (CSIA) Best Practices audit and have extended our Certified Member status through 2022.
This is an industry credential that we have maintained since 2013. We earned this distinction following an intensive 2-day audit administered by an independent consulting firm.
Our performance was assessed against client-centric criteria in a wide range of business, project management and system development areas.
While this is quite an accomplishment for us, being a CSIA Certified Member is also important for our customers and the industry. CSIA Certification is the gold-seal mark of a professionally managed control system integration business like Polytron. Certification reassures customers that a control system integrator is not only an established professional services firm that wants to develop successful, long-term partnerships; but also has the business and people systems and processes in place to reduce project risk and deliver the desired project results.
Special thanks to Don Roberts who performed the audit and the many CSIA member organizations for their work creating the best practices for control system integration industry. hashtag#CSIAhashtag#Polytron
DULUTH, GA – March 21, 2019 – Polytron, Inc., a leading consulting and engineering firm serving manufacturers in North America, is pleased to announce the promotion of Rande Allen to Vice President of Sales, effective immediately.
Polytron Inc. is the 2019 System Integrator of the Year for the Mid-Sized System Integrator Category. CEO Ron Rich shares some of the company’s success stories and advice.
Successfully managing large and complex integration projects is a focus for Polytron Inc., and the company is looking to continue to grow the digital manufacturing presence. Ron Rich, CEO of Polytron. discusses his company’s philosophy and its approach to innovation in an interview with CFE Media.
DULUTH, GA – December 10, 2018 – Polytron, Inc., a Digital System Integrator, leader in engineering consulting and Systems Integrator is pleased to announce that it has again been awarded the prestigious System Integrator of the Year for 2019.
Each year, system integrators around the world compete for the title of System Integrator of the Year based on achievements in the areas of technical expertise, business skills, and customer satisfaction. Hosted by Control Engineering, entries are reviewed by a panel of industry experts who select one winner from each of the three revenue categories.
Duluth, Georgia – December 5, 2018 – Polytron, Inc. today announced the promotion of Richard Phillips, PE, PMP to Director of Polytron’s Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Group. Richard has been acting as the practice lead over the past several years providing guidance and thought leadership to Polytron’s manufacturing clients that are embarking on their Digital Transformation journeys. As Director of the Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Group, Richard will report directly to Polytron’s CEO, Ron Rich, in order to provide the agility required to effectively address this rapidly growing segment. READ MORE
On the plant floor, malicious code can easily shutdown production or threaten the safety of your operation. Learn some valuable protection tips from the United States Computer Readiness Emergency Team (US-CERT).
What is malicious code?
Malicious code is unwanted files or programs that can cause harm to a computer or compromise data stored on a computer. Various classifications of malicious code include viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.
Viruses have the ability to damage or destroy files on a computer system and are spread by sharing an already infected removable media, opening malicious email attachments, and visiting malicious web pages.
Worms are a type of virus that self-propagates from computer to computer. Its functionality is to use all of your computer’s resources, which can cause your computer to stop responding.
Trojan Horses are computer programs that are hiding a virus or a potentially damaging program. It is not uncommon that free software contains a Trojan horse making a user think they are using legitimate software, instead the program is performing malicious actions on your computer.