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Secure your industrial automation with PLCnext Technology and OPC UA!

EvelinBorissevich 26 April 2023 8 min. read
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With OpenAI making headlines recently, we were curious about its capabilities and decided to put them to the test. We asked OpenAI to explain the security features of PLCnext Technology in combination with the OPC UA Software Update. In this blog post, we delve into the details of this powerful combination and highlight the benefits it brings to industrial automation.

PLCnext Technology is a unique, open-architecture platform for industrial automation that provides users with a secure and robust environment for their applications. This platform is based on the IEC 62443 industrial security standard, which is designed to ensure the security of industrial control systems. PLCnext Technology had been the first industrial automation platform to be certified in accordance with IEC 62443-4-1 ML3 and IEC 62443-4-2 with an SL 2 feature set in 2021.

The IEC 62443 security standard is a comprehensive set of requirements designed to protect industrial control systems from unauthorized access, malicious attacks, and other security threats. The standard covers all aspects of security, including authentication, authorization, data encryption, and system design. PLCnext Technology has been certified for compliance with the IEC 62443 standard, providing users with the assurance that their applications are secure and reliable.

PLCnext Technology incorporates a range of security features to ensure the security of applications. These include access control, authentication, and encryption. Access control ensures that only authorized users can access the system, while authentication requires users to provide valid credentials in order to gain access. Encryption is used to prevent unauthorized users from intercepting data transmitted between the applications and the PLCnext controller. PLCnext Technology also provides users with a secure environment for their applications. The platform is designed to protect against malicious attacks, such as viruses and malware.  The platform also provides strong protection against data loss and manipulation. Overall, PLCnext Technology is a secure and reliable platform for industrial automation applications. The platform is certified to the high standards of security, and provides users with a secure and robust environment for their applications. With its robust security features, PLCnext Technology is an ideal choice for industrial automation applications.

Protect your systems and data with seamless and reliable software updates through OPC UA

The platform also supports the OPC UA communication protocol for secure, reliable, and robust data exchange between industrial automation devices. OPC UA provides users with an additional layer of security, as it provides authentication and encryption for data transmission. This ensures that data transmitted between devices is secure and reliable. OPC UA also supports Software Update, which is a secure and reliable method for updating software. This feature provides users with the assurance that their applications are up-to-date, and can be updated quickly and easily. Its especially important in the context of security advisories, such as CVEs.

Using a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) as input to identify any components that are
out-of-date or vulnerable OPC UA Software Update helps administrators to keep on track of the software components by identifying and update the automation system.

The reliability and security of PLCnext Technology for industrial automation applications

Overall, PLCnext Technology is a secure and reliable platform for industrial automation applications. The platform is certified according to the IEC 62443 security standard, and provides users with a secure and robust environment for their applications.

Evelin Borissevich
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