The Plant Floor Culture Gap (sidebar)

Sept. 1, 2004
The human relations and financial departments of enterprises are well-schooled in the need for security. Down on the plant floor, other priorities—such as filling the next order on time—have crowded out security concerns.

Rockwell Automation offers these common rationalizations plant floor managers use to avoid confronting security concerns:

As long as the firewall is OK, we’re OK on the plant floor.

IT has security figured out and will take care of it for me.

There are no new security issues as the plant level.

If there really are new issues, I’m sunk until new standards and technologies rescue me.

Because nobody knows about my plant floor network, I have “security by obscurity.”

See the story that goes with this sidebar: Plant Security: Who’s Trying to Hack into Your Automation System?