With decades of serving mining operations, Rockwell Automation deeply understands the industry’s challenge of balancing the use of legacy equipment, while also modernizing to enhance efficiency, cybersecurity and worker safety. Our global coverage and project-based or managed security services for mining operations is helping the industry solve these challenges. Read and watch how we’re achieving secure modernization in the mining industry.
Modern Industrial Security for Mining Operations
Making your connected mine secure
With years of investments in legacy infrastructure, the mining industry often moves more slowly into digital operations than other industrial verticals. Yet modernization is happening, balancing legacy and digital operations and bringing powerful benefits to connected mining organizations.
Secure digital transformation in mining requires industrial-strength protection, from risk and vulnerability assessments, network design and continuous threat monitoring to incident response and employee security awareness training. Rockwell Automation lets you start where you are with what you need most.
Don’t know where to start? We can help plan, build and deploy secure, multi-site digital mining operations solutions. We can update legacy systems to become securely connected for goals like autonomous mining operations and autonomous haulage, architecting the right network defenses and providing ongoing threat detection services for better protected networks, workers and equipment.
The Value of Network Zones and Segmentation
Build and harden perimeters around IACS network segments to protect critical business systems
Zoning segments IACS networks into smaller domains with protected perimeters, such as firewalls and enhanced access controls. Zoning creates strong boundaries and helps to reduce the risk of unauthorized communications, while also containing security breaches. A typical zoning architecture includes an Area Zone, Industrial Zone, Industrial Demilitarized Zone (IDMZ), and Enterprise Zone.
The Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) logical zoning model uses industry standards to organize site-wide functions into Levels, including the Purdue Model for Control Hierarchy and ISA 95 Enterprise-Control System Integration; and functional/security Area Zones, including IEC-62443 (formerly ISA99) Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) Security, NIST 800-82 Industrial Control System (ICS) Security, and DHS/INL/ICS-CERT Recommended Practices.
Rockwell Automation has years of experience supporting security for mining operations. We can guide you in implementing a secure IACS network architecture.
Assessing Cybersecurity Posture in Mining Organizations
Uncover critical gaps and build the right remediation plans
Cybersecurity assessments are a critical step in discovering risk exposures and in formulating an effective security program. Professional assessments can show deficient network segmentation; identify all assets connected to the network; review OT patching capabilities, supply chain security and employee training levels; perform penetration tests; evaluate response and recovery plans, and other key steps.
We offer several industrial cybersecurity assessments, including Vulnerability Assessments, Gap Analyses, Risk Assessments and Security Audits. Contact us to learn how assessments like these can improve cybersecurity in mining organizations.
Get early insight into cybersecurity improvement areas with a Rockwell Automation Cybersecurity Self-Assessment. This fast, no-cost tool rates 20+ dimensions, compares your answers to other organizations by industry and provides high-level recommendations into remediation steps to close gaps.