Austin Scott founded Synergist SCADA in 2006, a successful company that provides vendor-neutral SCADA architecture and development. Synergist has also developed a suite of engineering tools, including Citect Power Tools and Active Network Security. In July 2013, Synergist was acquired by Cimation as the catalyst for its growing Canadian operations and ongoing product development. With more than a decade of industrial automation and software development experience, Austin has worked on large-scale, high-profile projects across North America and around the globe, incorporating most major SCADA platforms. His professional focus includes developing and refining custom software solutions to enhance the productivity of SCADA developers and improve the integration between the SCADA data and corporate applications. He is also skilled in cyber security, especially the detection of unauthorized access to SCADA networks and the forensic analysis of SCADA breaches. In 2013, he wrote Instant PLC Programming with RSLogix 5000 by Packt Publishing.