Sharing data between devices and applications used to be a road fraught with dead-ends caused by incompatible and proprietary vendor protocols- leaving systems running in data silos. Today, the contrast is striking: instead of’ back-roads’, multi-lane data ‘freeways’ carry unprecedented amounts of control data throughout the enterprise – thanks in a large part to OPC, the de facto standard for vendor neutral data sharing. As a result, data sharing faces a new challenge: security.
From eavesdropping and tampering with data, to disruptions of the underlying communication systems, threats are everywhere – The new paradigm is ‘connect safely. Most OPC architectures are still based on the first generation of OPC specifications, commonly referred to as ‘OPC Classic’. A key concern is to keep OPC connections up behind firewalls, without leaving them and their underlying systems vulnerable through DCOM ports which OPC Classic relies on, as these DCOM ports can be vulnerable to malicious software and hackers.
Fortunately, the answer is simple. Using a single software solution that is as simple as it is ingenious – your OPC Classic clients and servers can communicate across networks, firewalls, and domains in a safe and reliable manner regardless of the vendor(s) they are from. How safe? Achilles Certified safe – meaning the solution has passed rigorous Achilles third party certification, one of the most recognized security certifications on the market. Using a solution like the Achilles OPC Tunneller from MatrioknOPC keeps your systems secure, your IT department happy, and your data flowing….safely.