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OPC Foundation publishes Recommendations for Secure Configuration and Operation of OPC UA brochure

OPC Foundation publishes Recommendations for Secure Configuration and Operation of OPC UA brochure

December 5, 2017– The OPC Foundation published a set of practical guidelines for the configuration and use of OPC UA in industry.  Written for busy professionals, this brochure is designed to help readers understand what OPC UA security has to offer and how to best use it. 

Rapid growth in the networking and digitization of industrial systems has introduced a host of new security challenges that must be addressed systematically to be effectively mitigated. In particular, beyond the need for implementing secure network infrastructures, it is essential to protect product and production data moving throughout the systems.  Device vendors, engineers, and system integrators need to ensure they use these technologies in a secure way. Whileindustry acknowledges the need for data security and that the OPC UA standard offers the means to do so – OT and IT professionals alike are often unsure on how to best get started.  

To help address this challenge, the OPC Foundation established a security user group which is led by Uwe Pohlmann, Fraunhofer IEM and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Sikora, Hochschule Offenburg. The aim of this group is to develop best practices and guidelines for typical OPC UA security use cases. 

The document is available on the OPC Foundation website

The German government sanctioned Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe (it’s OWL) organization supplied the group with key use cases and requirements to help ensure output from the group best addresses users’ real-world orientation and practical knowledge needs.  

Members of the Security User Group are: Ascolab, Beckhoff Automation, DS Interoperability, exceet Secure Solutions, Fraunhofer IEM, Hochschule Offenburg, Microsoft Corporation, Software AG, Sparhawk Software Inc, and TE Connectivity.

 A second whitepaper presenting best practices and selected use cases for a secure implementation and operation of OPC UA is expected to be released in 2018.

 

About OPC Foundation

The OPC Foundation is a nonprofit international standards organization dedicated to developing and maintaining the best specifications, technology and certification to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure information from embedded devices to the cloud. OPC Foundation started in 1995, and the OPC community is grown to over 4200 different companies building OPC products 

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