Common understanding of safety and security

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is penetrating more and more areas of application. Increasingly, production plants are becoming more small-scale organized and networked. This is driven by the increase in product variance, technologies for self-optimization (Self-X) and reconfiguration, management shell concepts and the variance of the production plant itself. New Industrie 4.0 technologies and business models increasingly require more and more automation components to be connected to the Internet. The boundaries between operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) are being softened, and with them the otherwise clearly recognizable limits of a machine.

Due to the required convergence of safety & security, a common understanding of the challenges as well as cooperating solutions must be found. Currently, conflicts often arise between the two disciplines of safety and security due to different starting positions. Together with the participants of the CIIT working group "Cybersecurity and Smart Safety", this current situation was transformed into a picture of understanding.

In the future, an intelligent asset management system that supports safety lifecycle management will be needed, especially for safety equipment in automation technology.

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Technologieverständnistafel aus dem CIIT-Cycle "cyber Security und smart Safety"