Control Engineering June 2013-CE : Page-80

ADVER TISEMENT Kepware Technologies Enhances Communications Security “Users that want to apply a more robust security strategy to new or existing applications will fi nd that we have created an intuitive and easily imple-mented solution for what is often considered to be a complex challenge,” states Tony Paine, President and CEO of Kepware Technologies. Regardless of your organiza-President and CEO tion’s approach to security, certain characteristics of the security strategy are undeniable: it should be implemented with the least amount of impact on performance, able to be modifi ed on-the-fl y without requiring a system restart, and provide the tools needed to deploy a tested solution into production. The KEPServerEX platform and Security Policies Plug-In make all this possible. Tony Paine Kepware Technologies, Portland, Maine Solving a Market Need The ability to securely move information between software applications and hardware appliances is critical to any automated process. To make this possible, an interoperable communications platform must be layered into the control system. This approach ensures that critical information will not be deciphered by non-authorized applications for malicious use. This approach also limits the scope of activities that each authorized user is allowed to do and/or access in the system. Systems must be able to provide the information necessary to each stakeholder so that they may perform their responsibilities; however, by appropriately limiting access to information that the stakeholders do not require, administrators can minimize unintentional mistakes that may cause downtime or impact safety. About Kepware Technologies Kepware Technologies, established in 1995, is a private software development company headquartered in Portland, Maine. Kepware has been developing, testing, and delivering advanced communications and interoperability software solutions for the Automation industry for nearly 20 years. Kepware’s fl exible and scalable solutions help customers connect, manage, monitor, and control disparate automation devices and software applications. The KEP ServerEX Platform Kepware recognizes the importance of security at both the interface and user levels. Although standard interfaces have enabled Kepware to develop secure communications between components, the company had not previously developed a solution for role-based security. With KEPServerEX version 5.12 and the introduction of the Security Policies Plug-In, Kepware provides a complete solution to this market problem. 207-775-1660 | | input #45 at


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