Logitek leveraged JNIC (Jornadas Nacionales de Ciberseguridad), an event that took place last year in Granada (Spain), to introduce the article and keynote “Design of zones and conduits according to the IEC 62443 (ISA99) standard in Industry 4.0”. This article describes cybersecurity as a key issue that must be taken into consideration in Industry 4.0. The massive addition of technologies that help to create standalone, streamlined plants, brings also the need to perform it securely – from the point of view of safety and cybersecurity.

The 4th industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, is changing the way industrial organizations work. The implementation of technology paradigms like Cloud Computing, Big Data, IoT (Internet of Things), M2M (Machine to Machine), IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), etc., the deployment of ongoing productivity improvement programs, and the design of ongoing training programs, for all players involved in the supply chain, are just some of the features of this new model which tries to create “smart plants.” In order to achieve this goal, you need the support of a baseline architecture and regulations to standardize the way industrial organizations perform their transition from an automated industry (or 3.0) to a smart industry (or 4.0).

By the other hand, the first baseline architecture for Industry 4.0 (RAMI 4.0) identifies the IEC 62443 standard as a framework so the transition from an automated industry (or 3.0) to a smart industry (or 4.0) is made securely. This standard sets the concept of zone and conduit as key elements so the assets concurring in the industrial environment boast the target security levels.

The article suggests some recommendations to define the zones and conduits, according to IEC 62443, within an organization willing to address Industry 4.0 taking into consideration security along the whole transformation process.

Furthermore, with the aim of understanding conveniently how would this definition process be defined in Industry 4.0, a real case story is presented for the brewing industry.

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