Industrial operations are increasingly connecting plant-floor assets with their enterprise networks to realize the many benefits of the industrial Internet of Things, including improved productivity. With this evolution, however, information technology and operations professionals are on the same playing field and must learn to work together.
But with greater connectivity comes greater security risk. To help mitigate these risks, manufacturers should lay the groundwork with careful planning in accordance with industry best practices.
In this article from Automation World, experts from Cisco, Panduit and Rockwell Automation outline benefits of network convergence, but also the key considerations for doing so including securing and simplifying networks.