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Report, framework to balance safety and reliability needs of industrial operations

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) published a framework technical report to help organizations balance the safety and reliability needs of industrial operations.

The framework is intended to be used as a reference for the Industrial Internet Consortium's testbeds that span verticals including smart grid, transportation, industrial maintenance and others, according to the Industrial Internet of Things, Volume G4: Security Framework. 

The report includes input from members of more than 25 different organizations who gave their insight on how to identify, explain and position security-related architectures, designs and technologies, as well as identify procedures relevant to trustworthy Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems.

The report also describes the security characteristics, technologies and techniques that should be applied to IIoT systems, methods for addressing security, and information on how organization can gain assurance that the appropriate issues have been addressed to meet stakeholders' expectations.

The framework breaks the industrial space down into three roles – the component builders, the system builders, and the operational users and mandates that industrial users assess the trustworthiness of the complete system to achieve end to end security.

 “Today, many industrial systems simply do not have adequate security in place,” IIC Executive Director, Dr. Richard Soley said in the press release. “The level of security found in the consumer Internet just won't do for the Industrial Internet. In order to add security to an industrial system, you must make sure it won't interfere with safety and reliability requirements.”

IIC was founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, and Intel in March 2014.

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