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Controller gets Mu Approval after Demonstrating Security Benefits

04 December 2007

ABB’s AC 800M controller has achieved Mu Security’s Industrial Control (MUSIC) Foundation-level Certification. The recently introduced MUSIC certification enables critical infrastructure and process control-focused organisations to verify a range of network equipment and application protocols to meet industry-defined best practices for security, robustness and resiliency testing.

Certification benchmarking ensures that hidden implementation flaws do not compromise ongoing plant and product safety in industrial control systems.

The company says that achieving MUSIC certification confirms that the AC 800M meets industry-defined best practices for safety, reliability and security. During the evaluation process, the AC 800M met or exceeded the requirements of MUSIC’s multi-faceted security and stress tests.

Alicia Bauer, director of systems marketing at ABB, said: ‘Control system security is a critical concern to our customers, and a key element of today’s control system strategies; MUSIC certification assures them that their control system meets or exceeds very stringent security and robustness criteria’.

She said ABB was committed to ensuring high integrity solution for its customers.

MUSIC Foundation and Advanced certifications both ensure critical infrastructure and process control-focused organisations verify a diverse range of network equipment and application protocols to meet industry-defined best practices for safety, reliability and security testing. MUSIC certification and product safety benchmarking using the Mu-4000 appliance minimises oil, gas, chemical, paper, electrical and other process control product safety issues and minimises costly downtime due to implementation flaws in industrial control systems. The MUSIC program also provides a migration path to open industrial control systems security specifications currently under development by Government and industry groups including ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) and ISA SP99.

System 800xA extends the scope of traditional control systems to include all automation functions in a single operations and engineering environment so that plants/mills can run smarter and better at substantial cost savings. Its reach extends well beyond the realm of essential process control to production management, safety, smart instrumentation, smart drives and motor control, information management, asset optimisation, simulation, and documentation. System 800xA’s unique engineering environment manages one set of consistent data, for single-point entry, single-point change, and re-use across the plant. Control Engineering magazine selected System 800xA Extended Automation to receive an Editors’ Choice Award as one of the best products introduced in 2004.

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