Operational Technology Networking
Changes to threat landscape
The most common threat of the 1990’s and early 2000’s related to the data path so the primary automation network feature was sub-second ring recovery. With a focus on basic connectivity, with limited functionality, Industrial Ethernets were typically designed and integrated by ICA rather than specialist network engineers. In 20 years the threat landscape has changed dramatically pushing risk management and network security far higher up the list of design priorities. The skill set required to design and support the new generation of secure, high performance, automation networks now demands specialists. IT4A is a Company of specialists in Critical Network Infrastructure.
Key Technology Areas
Automation networks rely upon 5 key technology areas:
Risk based design
IT4A’s approach to detailed network design risk assessment and mitigation. Risks relate to the application, the environment and the risk appetite of the respective network owner. Risk mitigation is delivered through the products that are selected, their features being deployed to lessen or remove identified risk altogether.