Cyber-security guidelines for automation networks

ODVA's guidelines document, Securing Ethernet/IP Networks, outlines plans and strategies for cyber-security in automation networks. See four ways to mitigate risk.

11/22/2011


ODVAManufacturers are increasing connectivity between plant floor and enterprise systems to boost productivity and reduce time to market, but interconnectivity can also bring undesirable security risks. ODVA announced the availability of a new guidelines document, Securing EtherNet/IP Networks, which discusses cyber-security recommendations for automation networks, including how to determine and deploy security strategies for various network types. (See four ways to mitigate risk, below.)

“In the past, manufacturers were able to secure industrial control systems simply by controlling physical access to their automation components,” said Katherine Voss, executive director, ODVA. “Today’s demand for increased productivity requires interconnectivity through industrial Ethernet – most often EtherNet/IP, as it provides unprecedented visibility into real-time machine and supervisory systems. As many businesses are concerned about the security risks that come from a free flow of information, ODVA outlines how to manage risks with the implementation of processes and technology.”

The document's aim is to provide users with a starting point for thinking about what cyber-security means for industrial networks, what a security strategy looks like and direct readers to additional resources and information.

In the guidelines, ODVA outlines key security concerns in industrial automation, and provide guidance and resources. Four ways to change processes to mitigate risk include:

  • Risk analysis
  • Collaboration between IT and industrial departments
  • Best practices for different types of industrial networks
  • Emerging industrial security technologies

ODVA

www.odva.org 

- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com 

Safety and security channel

http://www.controleng.com/channels/plant-safety-and-security.html

Machine Safety Blog

http://www.controleng.com/blogs/machine-safety.html

Industrial network channel

http://www.controleng.com/new-products/industrial-networks.html



No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Water use efficiency: Diminishing water quality, escalating costs; Lowering building energy use; Power for fire pumps
Building envelope and integration; Manufacturing industrial Q&A; NFPA 99; Testing fire systems
Labs and research facilities: Q&A with the experts; Water heating systems; Smart building integration; 40 Under 40 winners
Maintaining low data center PUE; Using eco mode in UPS systems; Commissioning electrical and power systems; Exploring dc power distribution alternatives
Protecting standby generators for mission critical facilities; Selecting energy-efficient transformers; Integrating power monitoring systems; Mitigating harmonics in electrical systems
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.