New Books from PennWell Corp. include SCADA, water security focus

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TULSA, OK, May 22, 2006 -- PennWell Books has published two new books of interest to water and wastewater professionals. They include Cybersecurity for SCADA Systems and Securing Our Water Supply: Protecting a Vulnerable Resource.

The first, Cybersecurity for SCADA Systems, is written by William T. Shaw, Ph.D., CISSP, currently chief technology officer for SWANTECH, a supplier of equipment condition monitoring systems. Shaw has over 30 years of experience in computer automation including design and development of two generations of SCADA systems and three generations of DCS systems. He also has been involved in design and development of RTUs for the oil and gas pipeline industry and for electric utility substations. And he's president of a company that designed and manufactured high-security substation automation products for the electric power industry.

SCADA technology quietly operates in the background of critical utility and industrial facilities nationwide. This important tool efficiently manages utility assets, refineries and other critical industrial segments, but protecting SCADA networks from cyber attacks, hackers and even physical assault is becoming a test of will, cleverness and determination. Cybersecurity for SCADA Systems provides a high-level overview of this unique technology, with an explanation of each industrial market segment. The 299-page hardback book will be available in mid-August.

The second book, Securing Our Water Supply: Protecting a Vulnerable Resource, is written by Dan Kroll, an R&D chemist at The Hach Company and chief scientist at its Hach Homeland Security Technologies division, in Loveland, CO. He has been the lead researcher on a variety of method development projects for the physical, chemical and microbiological quality of water and soils for which he holds several patents. He's coordinating a special session on water security technology issues at International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) 50th annual OpticsEast conference this fall in Kissimmee, FL. For more information on the Oct. 23-26 event, click here.

Securing Our Water Supply stresses ensuring the security of water supplies, as our lifeline, as a top priority for all levels of the public and private sector. Thousands of water facilities, including reservoirs, wells and treatment plants work efficiently, and quietly, but even a small attack could have disastrous effects for a community, or even an entire state. This 200-page hardback book gives a unique look at protecting all types of facilities, equipment, assets and the general population. Kroll presents a basic primer of the threats to our water infrastructure and the steps to prevent such an event, whether intentional or accidental.

For more information, see PennWell's Online Store: www.pennwellbooks.com or call 800-752-9764.

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