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Industry news Next-generation security for critical network infrastructure Ethernet technology aims to keep systems operational under cyberattack. A new effort includes automating identification of unwanted behavior, containment of network areas and rerouting of critical information. An impressive group of technology companies have committed to developing products based on OPC UA over TSN. VDMA Robotics partners with OPC Foundation 6 industrial ethernet book 4.2017 SOURCE: ENERGY.GOV VDMA’s Robotics Division and the OPC Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop an OPC UA Robotics Companion Specification. A decision was made that the best way from the robotics manufacturers perspective to achieve the realization of machine to machine(M2M) communication necessary for Industrie 4.0 would be to leverage the extensive infrastructure of OPC UA. “Robotics is a core element for Industrie 4.0. With the development of an OPC UA Companion Specification for robotics, we are making a significant leap forward in the implementation of Industrie 4.0” said Dr. Michael Wenzel, chairman of the VDMA division robotics. First discussions, which information, data, functions and services are to be integrated into a production network and are to be mapped in OPC UA, have already been conducted. One of the key elements of OPC UA is to provide a service-oriented architecture (SOA) that allows easy information integration between machines and robotic equipment at a horizontal and vertical level. “The OPC Foundation is all about collaboration”, said Thomas J. Burke, OPC Foundation President and Executive Director. “The extensive work that VDMA has done with all the robotics manufacturers defining a standardized information model aligns well with the OPC Foundation collaboration vision, and we expect a OPC UA companion specification will be easily rolled out by the joint working group.” VDMA guide to OPC UA Within the VDMA, more and more areas are being integrated with the OPC Unified Architecture. A VDMA guide “Industrial 4.0 Communication with OPC UA” is currently under construction. It is intended to support machine and plant construction during the introduction and to give recommendations for action. “Our goal is to provide a clear commitment to OPC UA in the Industrie 4.0 communication with the guide. This leads to the reduction of the barriers of small and medium-sized enterprises in the establishment and expansion of the I4.0 communication “, said Dr. Christian Mosch, of the VDMA-Forum Industrie 4.0. Industry news by OPC Foundation. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding a research team to develop a secure networking solution that reduces cyberattack exposure for U.S. industrial and utility mission-critical networks. The team, which includes representatives from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL), Veracity and Sempra Renewables, will focus on developing technology to reduce the cyberattack surface of energy delivery systems. The project includes automating the identification of unwanted behavior, the containment of affected network areas and the rerouting of critical information. The ultimate goal is for critical energy delivery and control systems to remain safe and operational, even in the event of a cyberattack. The project team will create technology and methods to define security state policies and an automated system to manage the transition between security states. This will enable faster response to unauthorized traffic, streamline the identification and containment of affected networks and reroute critical information and control flows. The project will deliver the following: • A security state policy enforcer application that runs on the northbound interface of a flow controller. • A DIN rail mount software-defined networking (SDN) Ethernet switch. • An industrial control system extension to the open source SDN specification using the OpenFlow specification. • The ability to apply an action to encrypt/ decrypt packets on a per-flow basis and automate key management. This project builds on the already successful completion of the DOE’s Watchdog and SDN projects, which were sponsored by the DOE’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) program. These projects successfully introduced an SDN flow controller (SEL-5056) and a substation-hardened SDN switch (SEL- 2740S) to market. For more information, visit the DOE CEDS program webpage at https://energy.gov/oe/ services/cybersecurity. Industry news submitted by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.


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