My lack of fear for my career in other areas had taken me down many paths with some success: servers on rigs to help remediate and rebuild virus-ridden project laptops, voice over IP for large cost savings, real-time video teleport for deep water remote operated vehicles. However, I always steered clear of the SCADA and automation people. We in IT were seen as “soft” operations. If our stuff went down, no one got hurt or died. If they messed up, well, things blew up.