Today's manufacturing environments are packed with potential security threats. With the advancement of technology, comes the increased risk of vulnerability. While previous manufacturing generations dealt mainly with perimeter security, protecting the physical building to avoid damage to equipment or unauthorized access, today's manufacturing equipment involves human machine interfaces (HMI) and other technical elements that only further complicate security.
Dovetailing on this topic, Rockwell Automation recently released a white paper that discusses the holistic approaches to industrial security, highlighting how a complete security analysis must cover three core elements including:
Diving deeper into the first element, security assessment, can be a daunting task. What elements of my building should be considered? Did I forget a point of vulnerability? How can I possibly ensure ever element of my building is secure?
rf IDEAS' Interactive Manufacturing Facility is a great resource to kick-start the process. This model discusses many of the security elements you many not originally have considered. For example:
These are just a few of the security points the interactive manufacturing facility model covers. Today's manufacturing environment requires a keen eye on security. However, by breaking the steps of security into manageable buckets, it becomes easy to identify points of vulnerability, ensuring that your company is protected at every access point.