By Patti Pool, New Products Editor
The networking issue in manufacturing facilities is increasingly complex since its at the center of all the activity around one plant or the core of a series of facilities globally. The friction between the IT department and the factory floor staff has been an issue for a long time. Although cooperation has made some strides during the past 10 years, security in networking has come to the forefront.
New cyber tools and technologies are on the way. These tools can provide the fundamental changes needed for computer and network architectures. The changes will improve security and should have equal billing with other network technologies that come our way. The more critical the industrial plant, the more critical the cybersecurity features for plant security.
With these new advances in both hardware and software for plant security comes the additional burden of hiring and training information security professionals. There is a real shortage of knowledgeable and skilled security professionals. Many companies will be challenged to retrain their staffs. Companies must give on-the-job training for the fast-paced evolution of networking and security. Academia also must be pressed into action to deliver graduates who will fulfill the demand for more and better-trained information security specialists. Continued education, training and awareness are the key to success in the 21st century.
Magnum MNS-6K-SECURE software is an optional network management software that is designed for customers needing extra security in their networks. It includes security features such as an SNTP server. The server provides synchronized time services for your network to support critical applications such as video surveillance where event information is time-dependent or any application where several network devices and attached computers and databases need to be time-coordinated.
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