As we move further into an increasingly data-driven world, sound connections to sensing, processing, and control devices are key to the success of your organization. So just what is remote connectivity and why is it important to your operational considerations?
Remote connectivity essentially speaks to the ability to not only remotely connect to a device or system but to also control the functionality of the device. Typically, remote connectivity is used by OEM’s to remotely access their equipment in order to remotely tune, update or troubleshoot the system. More end-users are taking advantage of remote connectivity to access files, programs and entire systems as the work from home surge has grown.
The biggest hurdle that we are currently seeing in industry is the capability of OT engineers to develop secure outside connections and keep them up to date from a cyber security perspective. In these instances, it is key for OT and IT professionals to have a sound working relationship in order to securely bridge the two networks. The final decision to implement a remote connectivity solution is currently falling into the hands of the IT professional. In recent months, major IT vendors have begun to offer OT variants of their existing cyber security certifications that are industrial application-specific.
Remote connectivity solutions can be managed on many different levels with respect to access, control, and sharing of information. As we move into a more connected world, the demand for secure instances of remote access will continue to grow. Having a sound knowledge of the continually changing remote connectivity technology and a robust cyber security policy in place will serve as a solid foundation for solving your remote access needs.