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Cyber security solutions boost automation system protection

10 June 2014

With the ever-present risk of cyber threats and malware, Metso's security business solution is able to provide the necessary safeguards to protect automation systems from attack.

Recognising that production control systems in the utility, manufacturing and petrochemical industries have special requirements not found in the typical corporate IT environment, Metso employs the latest security solutions to counteract emerging threats and avoid disrupted production. 

As well as ensuring system availability and reliability, protection from Metso can cover critical infrastructure in which safety risks and the threat of environmental non-compliance go far beyond potential monetary losses.

Metso's security business solution includes regular assessments of the security of installations with security audits to identify and help eliminate security vulnerabilities. Key risk mitigation techniques, including firewalls and virtual private networks, are supplemented with virus-protection software custom configured to the automation system. 

Metso security follow-up provides security updates, including antivirus software, virus definitions and critical security patches, to ensure high levels of protection. A back-up system service facilitates during a quick recovery from a security breach or related problem. The service can include providing and maintaining spare PC-based systems and storing a variety of essential data as needed. Metso also has the experience in virtualised server applications to take automation system reliability to a totally new level of performance. 

Production environments can be vulnerable to attack from threats both inside and outside an organisation. An environment of open software architecture, including networked electronic sensing, monitoring and diagnostic systems, makes the development of a threat-resistant infrastructure essential while still using the technology as a competitive advantage. 

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