Electricity + Control

Strong messages about cyber security were conveyed at Rockwell Automation’s Africa Automation University Classic 2017, by Rockwell Automation’- 17 and 18 May 2017.

Rockwell managing network security(Right) Barry Elliot (Managing Director) and (left) Christo Buys (Managing Director and Business Manager, Control Systems and Software) were hosts for the day.

Industrial organisations are operating in ways they scarcely could have imagined a few decades ago. They are converging historically separate information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) systems, and using mobile, analytics and cloud to increase connectivity and information sharing. This is significantly improving operations but also creating more potential entrance points for security threats.

To address this, Rockwell Automation has developed a three-step approach for building an industrial security programme that extends from the enterprise to the plant level, and helps mitigate risk across people, processes and technology. The three steps include:

  • Security assessment: Conduct a facility-wide assessment to understand risk areas and potential threats
  • Defence-in-depth security: Deploy a multilayered security approach that establishes multiple tiers of defence
  • Trusted vendors: Verify that your automation vendors follow core security principles when designing their products

“We think of industrial security as a layered model and seek to create a unified infrastructure for customers,” said Christo Buys, Business Manager for Control Systems, Rockwell Automation sub-Saharan Africa. “Our approach takes into account the connections between network security, as well as the physical security and safety in industrial areas.” For industrial organisations, security threats will continue to evolve. To keep pace, a holistic security programme should evolve with and stay ahead of the changing threat landscape. Following the three-step approach will help organisations establish a programme that can help protect intellectual property, facilities, assets, employees and competitive advantages into the future.

Enquiries: Christo Buys. Tel. +27 (0) 11 654 9700 or email cbuys@ra.rockwell.com

 

 

 
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