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Issue 04/2018

How to mitigate cyber threats

Latest publication in a critical series of cyber security International Standards

IEC Technical Committee (TC) 65: Industrial process measurement, control and automation, has recently published IEC 62443-4-1 on the life-cycle requirements for secure product development in industrial automation and control systems. The publication is the latest in the IEC 62443 series of Standards, a comprehensive set of guidelines that can be implemented in any professional environment, including those covering critical infrastructure, such as power plants or transport networks. These Standards are also increasingly used in the medical sector to protect patient data.

Issue 03/2018

Women in a man's world

Women inventors and their influence on today’s technologies

Women’s contributions to science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) have often been overlooked and left out of history books. When asked to name inventors, people tend to cite Thomas Edison, Graham Bell, Benjamin Franklin or Albert Einstein. Gender stereotypes die hard. Some women were fortunate enough to have their work recognized during their lifetime; many others received only posthumous recognition. This has changed in recent years and light is finally being shed on their essential work.

Issue 02/2018

Protecting railway networks from cyber threats

Rail networks, as integral parts of critical infrastructure, continue to come under cyber attack

Railways and metro systems have been the subject of a spate of cyber attacks in recent years. Although no major accidents or casualties have been reported so far, it is likely that the problem will get worse and affect safety. As train signalling and control systems move from what were essentially closed systems to open ones based on mobile communication and IP (internet protocol) technologies, cyber security becomes ever more important. IEC International Standards will play a major role in this sector.

2016
Issue 05/2016

Front row seats

Enjoy the Olympic Games and the 2016 Euro championship as never before

This year is rich in world sports events. The Euro 2016 championship will see 24 football teams compete for the European Champion title from 10 June to 10 July. A month later, from 5 to 21 August, Rio de Janeiro will welcome the Olympic Games. Viewed by millions around the world, these competitions will offer spectacular and emotional moments for athletes and spectators alike.

Issue 05/2016

Playing and enjoying sport in safe environments

IEC International Standards play a central role in enhancing security at sports venues

Major international sports events attract huge crowds and universal media coverage, as well as ill-intentioned individuals bent on wreaking havoc. As such they represent a major challenge for organizers and governments. This has been the case recently following a series of terrorist attacks in many countries. Security measures for these events and other mass gatherings depend on multi-layered security arrangements that include human and technical means. Many of the technical measures that underpin such arrangements depend on electronic devices and installations. 

Issue 05/2016

Limiting access to approved persons only

Heightened security measures at regional and international sports events

In addition to their natural sports appeal this year’s European Football Championship, Euro 2016, and Olympics Games have been marked by an unprecedented deployment of human and technical security measures. Safe access to venues by legitimate individuals, such as officials, athletes and fans, relies to a great extent on electronic alarm and security systems. International Standards for these are prepared by IEC Technical Committee (TC) 79. 

2015
Issue 08/2015

Taking good care

Safety and security measures keep on being heightened to ensure utmost protection at any given moment

In our post-9/11 world, safety and security have been top priorities. We want safety and security at all times. From applications on our smartphones to complex electrical and electronic security systems in airports, from the baby monitors we install in our homes to state-of-the-art access controls in industrial plants, we try to cover and protect all aspects of our lives. But threats are still there, lurking and ready to pounce when we least expect it.

Issue 08/2015

Protecting homes and buildings from intruders

Multiple sectors to drive steady growth for the alarm and electronic security systems sector

The market for alarm and electronic security systems will continue to expand in coming years, fed by the quest for increased safety and security, constant concern over terrorism and crime as well as the need to protect critical infrastructure. IEC Technical Committee (TC) 79 develops International Standards for alarm and electronic security for a wide range of applications, including new ones like medical and social alarm systems, which are driven by the needs of an ageing population.

Issue 08/2015

Keeping smart homes safe and secure

Security is one of the key drivers for connected homes, after smart energy

Connected safety and security systems and devices with remote monitoring capabilities are expanding their share of the global smart home market. A survey in the UK in July 2015 identified security as the second most important of five key drivers for the connected home, after smart energy. The BI Intelligence research company estimates that by 2019 home security systems will account for 38% of the connected home market.

2014
Issue 02/2014

Behind the scenes at the Sochi Olympics

IEC International Standards helped to make things work

Invisible but essential for the success of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, IEC work underpinned a host of technologies which helped in the smooth running of the Games.

2013
Issue 10/2013

Fending off cyber threats

New Standard will boost IT security

Information security breaches represent a growing threat to businesses and organizations throughout the world, costing them vast amounts every year in stolen intellectual property and confidential data. The IEC and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) recently published the second edition of the ISO/IEC 27001 Standard, which will help organizations enhance their information security.