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FDI now supports enhanced cyber security measures

12 November 2017

FieldComm Group has announced the availability of version 1.1 of the FDI Technical Specifications and version 1.2.1 of the FDI Development Tools. These specifications and tools allow suppliers to develop a broader range of products with fewer tools and better capabilities, while enhancing security and integration capability for users.

The new versions provide an additional step forward on unifying devices and systems on a single integration standard to fulfill the promise of ‘One Device. One Package. All Tools.’ The enhanced technology bundle includes FDI Technical Specifications, FDI Integrated Development Environment, and FDI Common Host Components. 

The features provided in these updates include:

Cyber Security Updates – includes UIP sandboxing, and time stamping for device package signatures
Additional Protocol Support – includes ISA100.11a, and HART-IP and WirelessHART
Generic Protocol Extension – enables FDI extensibility to any protocol
Support for DD Development within FDI IDE – includes FOUNDATION Fieldbus and HART

The additional cyber security measures enable time stamping on FDI Device Package signatures and sandbox environments for UIPs to run in. Sandboxing is not only a valuable tool for cyber security, but also for overall system integrity as it isolates third-party code to a tightly controlled set of resources in a system to ensure no bugs in software code can impact the performance of the overall system it is operating within. Both additional features serve to ensure FDI meets the stringent security requirements of plant operations as we enter the era of the Industrial Internet of Things.
Additionally, these products now support three additional protocol profiles – ISA100.11a, HART-IP and WirelessHART, and Generic Protocol Extension.

Commenting on the announcements, Achim Laubenstein, director integration technology said: “The FDI Technology bundle version 1.1 of our specifications and 1.2.1 of our tools represent continued hard work by technical experts who are creating more robust, user-oriented capabilities that exceed the rigorous demands of plant environments faced with modernising installations without compromising security or reliability. Process plants cannot simply shut down due to security threats, parts replacements or system upgrades. Any process upsets have broad-scale implications and the underlying technologies must be robust enough to meet those demands. FDI does exactly that by broadly integrating systems and instruments, while providing robustness and security to the enterprise.” 

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