Top 10 Questions to Ask Regarding HMI/SCADA Risk

Visual-V1-smallWe’ve all heard that continuing to use Windows XP® can put your industrial systems at risk. But, what else is important?

Here are 10 questions to ask yourself regarding HMI/SCADA systems and risk. The questions are not in any particular order, and there are many more questions that we could include. So, let’s use these to start the discussion …

  1. Are you running your application with non-default / non-Administrator accounts with low privileges? DESCRIPTION OF LINK
  2. Are you properly isolating (DMZ) servers from untrusted network access?DESCRIPTION OF LINK
  3. Is your system missing any security patches?DESCRIPTION OF LINK
  4. Are you using obsolete software (Windows XP or other)?DESCRIPTION OF LINK
  5. Do you have spare parts, and when were they last tested?DESCRIPTION OF LINK
  6. Are you using the most up-to-date version of your software?DESCRIPTION OF LINK
  7. Have you removed ADMIN and GUEST default accounts, using a separate administrator account?DESCRIPTION OF LINK
  8. Have you put additional controls in place to protect the HMI/SCADA security files from change? DESCRIPTION OF LINK
  9. Have you changed the default password for Trusted Network Computing?DESCRIPTION OF LINK
  10. Do you have a backup plan in place?DESCRIPTION OF LINK

The reality – this is a simple list for a complex topic. To minimize risk, meet with an expert to assess your system, review your backup plan, and confirm that you’re implementing HMI/SCADA best practices. Take action now before unplanned downtime or disaster.

You can register for free risk assessment tools and information of your HMI/SCADA system, complimentary from GE and partners. The assessment tools can enable you to identify and prioritize areas of concern.  We’re committed to helping you take action. And, fortunately, there’s no risk in reaching out.

Alicia Bowers

Alicia Bowers believes that automation software can help industrial organizations overcome many challenges, including retiring workforces, global competition, and tightening regulations. She has published in industry magazines, ranging from Food Manufacturing to Hydrocarbon Engineering, and is the recipient of a MESA Outstanding Contribution Award. Connect with Alicia on LinkedIn.

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