Control Systems: A Guide to Minimising Risk through Security
This article begins with an introduction into automation systems and their application in industry, with the evolution of distributed control systems over standard information technology (IT) networks and the security risks these pose. It then moves onto a comprehensive breakdown on how security risks are minimised in industrial control systems and how this is achieved through strategies, standards, IT functions and certification programmes. The main focus is on security strategies which in summary target security threats without impacting on production processes; the protection concept detailed comprises of general defence strategies which are intended to resist a variety of attacks. The outcome of these areas is how they reduce risk in control systems with a concluding statement that covers implementing security strategies in security solutions. All acronyms used throughout will be detailed in the introduction.
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