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Internet Security Details in the Machine Building World

Today's Machine Builder Has a Powerful Role to Play in Protecting the Customer Networks to Which It Connects

By Jim Montague

Just as the Florida Keys now are linked to the mainland by a causeway, formerly isolated islands of machines and production lines are being drawn into widespread automation and enterprise networks. This archipelago helps coordinate operations, optimize performance, improve efficiency and aids profitable decision-making. However, as users of IT, business and process control networks have learned, more-inclusive access creates more risks and requires more and better security.

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