How to achieve “security by design” in your production network – a project report
Streamlining processes, for example in production, by networking previously autonomous equipment is one of the most common digitalization projects. But integrating the manufacturing infrastructure and processes into a network must be carefully planned and designed to prevent any security gaps affecting production or enabling access to sensitive data.
Customization of proven standards a must
Based on the existing structure, a very customer-specific model was developed grounded in proven methods and tools of enterprise architecture management – on the one hand to ensure a uniform, consistent process and on the other to meet the specific properties of production equipment and safety requirements especially.
Thanks to the achieved availability of individual locations, (security) potentials were then quickly identified, coordinated in regular meetings and on-site workshops with stakeholders from the specialist departments, not least to ensure their understanding and support for the approach. The results were then consolidated into a global master map together with involved individuals from the laboratory and production, as well as ARCONDIS enterprise architecture experts.
Blueprints for a secure global network
In concrete terms, the result is a master application landscape that presents a reliable guideline for developing and ensuring a secure global production network. Based on the individual models, security aspects are taken into special consideration and do not have to be added later on at great expense – in line with the “security by design” approach.
■ Frank Reissner, Joachim Stengel
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