Security Software Reports Automation Systems' Vulnerabilities

July 19, 2010
PAS introduces Integrity Recon software, which is designed to improve the reliability of automation systems based on Microsoft computing platforms. These platforms reside on process control networks (PCN) and include hardware, operating systems, applications, and databases, which are essential to the effective operations of industrial facilities. Integrity Recon monitors and reports vital information and vulnerabilities about automation infrastructure. This not only can help the automation organization better manage its system infrastructure, but it also allows IT to securely monitor different aspects of the control systems, such as license management. Integrity Recon can simplify compliance with common operating environments (COEs), which are uniform configurations of hardware and software that enable security, reliability and facilitate troubleshooting. Integrity Recon monitors the installed software, hardware, and operating system configurations for the servers, work stations, and desktop computers on the PCN and provides notification of any discrepancies from the defined COE. This capability of Integrity Recon also facilitates software and hardware upgrades by identifying existing components and versions, while simultaneously verifying the prerequisites for new ones. Integrity Recon also contributes to automation system security and accessibility. It verifies that active directories, which are employed to protect and maintain the integrity of critical networks and systems, operate correctly. Additionally, as personnel who interact with the facility’s automation systems are not always located on-site, Integrity Recon’s Web-based capability makes it accessible from virtually anywhere through the facility’s virtual private network.