Voices: Technology Toolbox

Technology Toolbox highlights new products and technologies designed to improve asset reliability, maintenance productivity, safety, and cost efficiency. Plant Services Contributing Editor Sheila Kennedy focuses on a different functional area each month.

 

It's a lock: Secure your network

Sheila Kennedy says vendors are joining forces to offer more-robust industrial network security solutions.

By Sheila Kennedy
Jan 17, 2017

Industrial networks are not what they used to be. These critical infrastructures now accommodate more systems, devices, and data than ever before, making security far more complex. The cloud, the internet of things (IoT), the convergence of operations and information technology (OT and IT), persistent cybersecurity threats, and a growing skills gap are among the forces heightening security challenges. Fortunately, new monitoring and protection solutions and strategic alliances are helping to mitigate risks, eliminate blind spots, and enable real-time, proactive control of industrial network security.

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