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Do you know how your signals are routed?

An AUTOSOL client called to discuss error issues in the diagnostic logger they saw in Autosol Communication Manager® (ACM). They also felt the communication polls from their server were unusually slow.

AUTOSOL support staff went to work investigating the issue. Thanks to an IP traceroute process, our product specialist was able to quickly discover an anomaly. Turns out, AUTOSOL saw that the signal was being routed from the pipeline field in North America, then mistakenly routed 5,000 miles to the European country of Hungary, and then relayed all the way back to the client’s SCADA control room in North America.

The client was not fully aware of how their signals were being routed. Since their pipeline communications service provider was using a cellular modem, their sensitive data was being transmitted across the internet without their awareness. The client thought their crucial data was safe but it was actually being exposed on the internet.

The problem with pipeline communication management:

Different sections of a pipe utilize a variety of service companies for communication. When a pipe starts on one side of the country and ends on another, various service providers will be contracted along its length to manage all the communications for the pipe. For some areas of pipe, the communications equipment may be using an internet service provider. For others, it could be a cellular company. The pipeline owner cannot control what the actions of these service company employees. Nor are they always aware of what mistakes might have been made with their communications setup.

With more than 30 years in business, AUTOSOL has seen the security of SCADA systems become more and more imperative. When SCADA systems were first developed, internet hacking was not the issue it has become today. The software engineers at AUTOSOL have developed a solution for this problem that encodes data from the field devices, all the way through transmission to the HMI network at headquarters.

The CryptoMod® is an endpoint encryption device that fits easily into a pipeline enclosure. By encrypting at the start of transmission, a wayward signal like the one described above, would still be encrypted along the entire path. Data, surveillance information, control features and utility metering records can be exchanged securely. The CryptoMod keeps sensitive data safe, and hackers frustrated.

CryptoMod is FIPS 140-2 Security Level 2 compliant, so you can count on your valuable information staying safe.

To improve remote data communication’s cybersecurity for your SCADA system, reach out to the encryption experts at AUTOSOL today.

AUTOSOL | Cysouw leads ISA Calgary cyber security presentation

AUTOSOL’s Lee Cysouw will take the reigns as presenter, leading a discussion at ISA Calgary on how to create a cyber security policy that balances operational simplicity, yet can be securely effective.

He is set to give his ISA Calgary presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 at the Winston Golf Club at 2502 6 street NE in Calgary. A Q&A session will be held immediately following the presentation.

Cysouw will present the principles in which a successful policy can be built around. This school of thought requires an understanding that it is a matter of when threats against Industrial Control Systems (ICS) will happen, not if they will happen. He will show attendees real-life examples of ICS security breaches and examples of the failures of contemporary security to showcase the realness of these threats in today’s society.

He will also ensure attendees gain a better understanding of how the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have their differences in the execution of their cyber security policies. Cysouw will leave his ISA Calgary attendees with an understanding of how accredited standards pave the way for well-executed cybersecurity plans.

Cysouw is a Technical Support Manager who works with energy companies to retrieve data out of field devices efficiently and securely. Lee manages the Technical Support staff at AUTOSOL, where he builds training materials, helps to optimize communications networks and helps customers with their data challenges.

Cysouw holds a Journeyman Instrumentation Technician Certification from the North American Institute of Technology in Edmonton. Lee has experience working in the field on new well site and plant construction, field maintenance and plant turnarounds. He now specializes in SCADA systems, communications and data transfer.

ISA Calgary, from the International Society of Automation, “show boasts a reinvented experience – new features, technology, education programs, networking events and much more,” according to the ISA Calgary site.

AUTOSOL | Autosol Communication Manager (ACM) version 268 released


AUTOSOL releases new developments in ACM 268

HOUSTON, Texas — AUTOSOL is excited to announce its latest developments in Autosol Communication Manager (ACM) in build 268, the next-generation SCADA communication system. The upgrades are found in virtually every aspect of ACM server components, as well as the ACM Configuration Client.

The most notable updates include:

  • Significantly reduced wait times for users who are using the ACM Configuration Client to search for their information that is stored in the ACM database. Users who have a large amount of information stored in the ACM database, or have very detailed data that is stored, will experience faster response times.
  • New tools to analyze and diagnose your ACM configuration for potential problems — resulting in improved stability.
  • The addition of our first-ever release of Hex Repeater and its support.
  • Additional support for GESRTP VersaMax Micro devices.
  • Added the call-in scheduler for Mercury devices. These devices initiate contact with the control room engineer to deliver field data in intervals, dependent upon when the scheduler is set.
  • Totalflow collection of history records has been optimized for efficiency, which means faster uploads with less traffic on the communication channels.

Within the updates, each communication port, protocols and publishers have been improved. AUTOSOL recommends upgrading to this latest release to take advantage of these important improvements.

Users with access to the AUTOSOL FTP site can download version 7.1 build 268 from the ACM folder as well as its release notes.

For more information on these releases, contact your salesperson or technical support.

AUTOSOL | American Petroleum Institute (API) 12 Annual Cybersecurity Conference Nov. 7 – 8, 2017

Come find AUTOSOL at the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) 12th Annual Cybersecurity Conference for the Oil & Natural Gas Industry, November 7, 2017 – November 8, 2017 at the Marriott Woodlands Waterway, The Woodlands, Texas.

API produces the event yearly to provide an opportunity to network with cybersecurity professionals, to discuss industry-specific security problems while sharing innovative ideas from recognized SCADA cybersecurity experts in the industry. Come learn about the latest in technological breakthroughs while our resident SCADA Security Director David Blanco discusses AUTOSOL’s CryptoMod.

API’s 12th annual cybersecurity conference will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380. For more details visit:

AUTOSOL Pairs Well With Iron Sommelier Event Benefitting The Periwinkle Foundation

AUTOSOL is proud to announce it is the presenting sponsor of the 10th Annual Iron Sommelier, benefitting The Periwinkle Foundation on Nov. 9, 2017. The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. at The Houstonian Hotel, where some of the city’s most prestigious sommeliers will compete for the title of the Iron Sommelier. Guests taste, compare and pick their favorite wines and presentations from local sommeliers.

The event, slated to serve 600 attendees, will ultimately benefit the kids at Texas Children’s Hospital as they take on their battle with cancer and other life threatening challenges. Periwinkle programs serve more than 14,000 children, teens and families annually by providing multiple camps to offer a break from their hospital routine, as well as meeting other children in their same situation – and just to feel like a kid again.

Doug and Julie Osburn, co-founders of AUTOSOL, feel that the The Periwinkle Foundation is a wonderful organization to sponsor year after year. The staff’s dedication to help improve children’s lives is incredible and AUTOSOL is proud to help sustain the camps for children suffering from cancer.

Participating sommeliers for this year’s event include:


Andres Blanco

Caracol Restaurant

Wines of Mexico


Lindsay Huntsman


Gamay-king Me Crazy: Expressions of an Underrated Grape


Evan Turner

Helen Greek Food and Wine, Helen in the Heights

Ultimate Terroir: The Wines of Santorini (Greece)


Chris Fleischman

Hotel ZaZa Memorial City

Santa Barbara


Shepard Ross

MadCat Hospitality

Back to the Future… Time Travel and the Natural Wine Movement


Brandon Kerne

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

How to Fight a Windmill with a Corkscrew:  A Quixotic Spanish Wine Adventure


Matthew Pridgen

One Fifth, Underbelly

Texas, Naturally…


Samantha Porter

Pioneer Wine and Spirits

Who Runs the World? Women Winemakers Spanning the Globe


Jane-Paige B. D’Huyvetter

River Oaks Country Club

Wines from Savoy Vineyard in the Anderson Valley (California)


Farrah Cauley

Sonoma Wine Bar – Upper Kirby, Sonoma in the Heights

The World of Pinot Noir on the Sonoma Coast


Matt Crawford

State of Grace

British Bubbles… The Next Big Thing!


Adele Corrigan

13 celsius Wine Bar

Dry Aging, Not Just for Steaks: Various Expressions of Amarone della Valpolicella (Italy)


Thomas Moësse

Vinology Bottle Shop & Tasting Bar, divino Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Canary Islands


For more than 30 years, AUTOSOL has been developing industrial security software, ensuring companies are able to effectively and safely communicate their most valuable data from remote locations. AUTOSOL introduced the CryptoMod®, a patented communication and appliance security solution for mission-critical infrastructure. It secures geographically remote field devices used for control, surveillance, data acquisition and metering allowing for end-to-end security and encryption.

AUTOSOL | Western Canada Water (WCW) Annual Conference & Exhibition Sept. 19 – 22, 2017 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Join AUTOSOL at the Western Canada Water 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition Sept. 19-22, 2017 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

This water conference features an in-depth technical program, exhibition, water treatment facility tours and workshops as well as many networking opportunities for those in the water industry.

The event will be held at TCU Place, 35 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7K OC8, Canada.

For more information please visit

AUTOSOL | BC Water and Waste Association SCADA & IT Conference Nov. 21-22 in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Come visit AUTOSOL at the 2017 BCWWA SCADA & IT Conference. This year’s event is themed “SCADA Systems, What`s Next?” and topics covered will include SCADA systems, instrumentation, communications and cybersecurity.

The conference will run Nov. 21-22 at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport. The hotel is located at 8181 Cambie Road, Richmond, British Columbia V6X 3X9, Canada.

For more details, visit

AUTOSOL | Canadian School of Hydrocarbon Measurement (CsHm) October 24, 2017 in Grande Prairie, Canada

Come learn with AUTOSOL at CsHm. The Canadian Institute of Hydrocarbon Measurement (CIHM) operates the Canadian School of Hydrocarbon Measurement (CsHm) to benefit petroleum and natural gas operating and manufacturing companies.

The school provides instruction on technical subjects for industry professionals. Natural gas topics covered include facility design, installation, handling, operation and maintenance of measurement and regulation equipment.

The event will be held Tuesday, October 24th at ENTREC Centre (Evergreen Park), Grande Prairie, Canada, T8V 3A5.

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AUTOSOL | Appalachian Gas Measurement Short Course (AGMSC) July 31 – August 3, 2017 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Connect with AUTOSOL at AGMSC! The event features classes for natural gas industry professionals involved in topics of measurement, regulation and control. Come exchange ideas and share information with your industry peers at one of the most highly regarded educational forums in the natural gas industry.

AUTOSOL can be found at Booth 201 Monday, July 31 until Thursday, Aug. 3.

The school is held at the Robert Morris University, Sewall Center, 6001 University Boulevard, Moon Township, Pennsylvania 15108. For more details, visit

AUTOSOL | American School of Gas and Measurement Technology (ASGMT) September 18-21 2017 in Houston, Texas

Visit AUTOSOL in booth 52 at the largest gas-measurement school in the USA devoted to natural gas measurement, pressure regulation, flow control and other measurement-related arenas. The school’s focus is to provide instruction on technical natural gas subjects for industry professionals.

The school runs September 18-21 at the Marriott Houston Westchase Exhibit Hall located at 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston, Texas 77042.

For more specific details, visit