For some, the importance of security with Industrial Internet of Things components is being taken seriously. Notes the OPC Foundation, “One of the most important things required for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is to ensure that the data and information exchange between devices and services are secure.”
The OPC Foundation has worked with many security validation companies and organizations to ensure security. One of those organizations is the BSI, which performed an in-depth security analysis of the OPC UA specifications and a selected reference implementation.
The BSI published the results of the OPC UA security analysis. The extensive analysis of the security functions in the specification of OPC UA confirmed that OPC UA was designed with a focus on security and does not contain systematic security vulnerabilities.
Arne Schönbohm, President of the BSI explains, “OPC UA is an important modern standard for secure, cross-industry networking for industrial equipment. Industrie 4.0 offers many opportunities for Germany as an industrial location, but for being successful it is necessary to consider security for digitalization and interconnection of industrial processes right from the beginning.”