Data, Cyber and Open Source
Everyone is talking about cybersecurity. Concerns about attacks have increased once again. But it is not just in IT where security loopholes lurk. Experts are warning of major challenges in OT. There is a lack of overview of assets, and often digitalization projects cause security problems after the fact. But there is no way around the digitalization of the industry – or are you not yet active on a platform? What actually makes a good platform?16 May 2022
Do I have to run a platform myself? And how do I get out of it if in doubt? Users are asking themselves these questions, exhibitors at HANNOVER MESSE will answer them. At the same time, those responsible are talking about more connectivity – not everyone will like Google down to the shop floor, but it is now a reality thanks to OPC UA. In reality, open source is no longer just for hobbyists. Industry is discovering the power of free software.
The grave sin of OT security
It is not only on the IT side that companies are struggling with vulnerabilities. OT in companies is equally affected, and there it mainly affects industrial companies and the automation level. In the Bosch Rexroth podcast, Klaus Mochalski of Rhebo explains how the company uses the ctrlX CORE controller as a network sensor. He and his colleagues specialize in monitoring the OT landscape. They are still seeing Telnet connections, Raspberry Pis from student projects communicating with the outside world, and no one knows what they're doing there in the factory; many companies don't have an overview of their assets. This is a problem that Bleckmann Dreher also identified. Back to the analysis: "The sensor application running on the ctrlX CORE enables seamless integration with the Rhebo Industrial Protector," they say. Mochalski and his colleagues have been analyzing the weak points in OT for years. Rhebo turns the controller into a sensor node. This requires an app from ctrlX World and a central analysis device.
The Rhebo team sees three use cases:
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