2. Migrate/Update Make improvements on your network
3. Proper Design Benchmark your system and compare with others
4. Protection Make sure your system is safe
5. Monitor Ongoing monitoring and troubleshooting
How to Participate in the Industrial Internet of Things: A Checklist
Start with an assessment.
Consider your goals. The end result is an accurate map of your network’s infrastructure, which will be used as a baseline.
2. Migrate or Update
Step two depends on your specific network.
If your network isn’t already running on Ethernet, you should develop a phased plan to migrate your technology. If you have an Ethernet infrastructure in place, focus on updates to your network.
3. Proper Design
A few ways to do this include finding ways to use more of what you already have.
Reviewing your network “map” to make sure everything is segmented properly into zones and conduits; consider using wireless technology to advance your network; and looks for ideas outside of your own industry for inspiration.
4. Make sure your system is protected
Start with a risk and vulnerability assessment to help prioritize what to protect first.
The best way to tackle security is to take a layered approach and build security measures in each level of the network, including the device level. If you have limited resources or budgets, focus on protecting your businesses’ most critical assets first.