Industrial Internet of Things – Security Framework

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has published a draft Security Framework (173 pages).

The framework is quite interesting for all experts involved in information exchange systems, also in the energy application domain.

The Introductions says in the second paragraph:
“These [IIOT – Industrial Internet of Things] systems differ from traditional industrial control systems by being connected extensively to other systems and people, increasing their diversity and scale. They also differ from traditional information technology (IT) systems in that they use sensors and actuators in an industrial environment. These are typically systems that interact with the physical world where uncontrolled change can lead to hazardous conditions. This potential risk increases the importance of safety, reliability, privacy and resiliency beyond the levels expected in many traditional IT environments.”

The power systems are using sensors and actuators communicating with protection and automation systems for the last decades. The industry has developed the standard series IEC 61850, IEC 62351, IEC 60870-5-104, DNP3, IEC 61968/70, and IEC 61400-25 to provide a basis for safe, reliable, resilient, and secure power delivery systems. These stable standards are state-of-the-art in power delivery systems. And they are referenced in many Frameworks and Roadmaps.

The IIC Security Framework gives an overview about many aspects in the future distributed automation and which aspects are crucial to be managed. [News on IEC 61850 and related Standards]

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