With the recent proliferation of cyber attacks, it has become increasingly clear that no business or industry is safe from attack. As the threat becomes more apparent for industrial applications, what can factory operations and IT management do to prepare for and fend off attacks resulting from unauthorized network access, cyber theft, and cyber attacks where malicious invaders destroy or corrupt important monitoring and/or control data?
Implementing routers and other networking equipment with security features such as IPSec/VPN, stateful firewalls, RADIUS, syslog, Secure Seal SSL, and SSH will go a long way to protecting an industrial network. The clock is ticking. IT groups and operations managers in industrial networking applications must come to the realization that it is a matter of when, not if, a physical or cyber attack will occur in their industry – and possibly their plant.