Today’s automation systems are a hybrid of mission-specific control technologies and Windows based open systems. This open architecture offers possibilities in terms of system configurations and application software; however, it presents some risks as well.
Incompatibility of disparate applications running on the same platform, mismanagement of user privileges, and other security risks threaten the reliability and security of these systems.
While automation professionals understand how to manage the configuration of the automation systems themselves, they don’t understand how to manage the underlying infrastructure.
IT and automation professionals have a role to play in maintaining plant automation. An ideal solution is for both parties to provide a mechanism for IT to perform their responsibilities while simultaneously adhering to the plant access policies. Additionally, it must facilitate automation system maintenance in a way that makes IT concepts easy for non-IT engineers to use and understand.
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