August 2018, Vol. 245, No. 8


Securing Open SCADA Systems for Pipeline Operations

By Chris Harlow, Bedrock Automation Traditional SCADA systems on which many pipeline operators rely for operational control are vulnerable in at least three main areas: the operational information on which they rely to supervise control and access the plant data; the production data that emerges in the wake of pipeline operations; and the control logic that opens and closes valves, starts pumps, and otherwise manages field devices. The more open the flow of this of data, the more cost-effectively the plant can be run, so there is much to be gained by securing the data exchange. One significant step in securing open communications is the advancement of OPC UA (open platform communications

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