Segmenting Networks for Security

Historically, there has been little convergence between manufacturing and enterprise in the plant network. Instead, there are multiple, separate Network Locksnetworks – one network may run fieldbus protocol at the device level, another network may run ControlNet protocol for machine-to-machine
communications, while a third protocol, such as Ethernet, or a proprietary network, links the machines to data acquisition and storage units for reporting or archiving. Meanwhile, a separate network, often an extension of the office Ethernet network, is on the plant floor, enabling workstation access to work orders and task instructions.

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Increase Your Industrial Networking IQ

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”   -Albert Einstein

To capture your share of the value of the Internet of Things for manufacturing ($3.88 trillion for manufacturing), rethink how you deploy your industrial plant networks.  Too many existing industrial networks are full of security holes with poorly executed physical infrastructure that threaten downtime, quality and even safety.  The thinking about networking for the factory floor needs to evolve and simplify.

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