Marc may be right that only 500 people understand the ins and outs of the ever-changing network of control. Just a few short years ago, that number was probably considerably lower. Until recently, nobody needed to know network security in plants. the plants were islands. That's changed. Now the plant is networked to the ERP system, to customers, to vendors, to suppliers. And IT is breathing down the next of the control engineer about cell phones in the plant and downloaded music on plant PCs. The world of the control system has changed, and it's relatively new.
Excellent post, Rich. Security on the control side is an important issue. But it's also interesting that many of the vulnerabilities are related to apps and casual administration of access permissions.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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