For Industry 4.0 IT security is an important success factor

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The increasing use of computer-controlled and networked machines have a strong impact on today’s production. Therefore, the requirements for IT security are growing.

Industry 4.0 brings the real and virtual worlds closer together and connects people, machines, products and systems. This development results in complete transparency, automation of production as well as real-time control and analysis of the whole production. Consequently, the production processes are becoming more flexible and customized and customers and suppliers can be integrated in the whole process from incoming orders through to delivery. To exploit this potential without concerns, for machine manufacturers and manufacturing companies IT security plays an important role – especially data security and ownership.

For AXOOM IT security is a very important topic. All of our data centers are based in Germany and are certified according to ISO 27001 – without exception. Thus, we can offer our customers a secure and powerful solution because the IT infrastructure meets the highest security standards and no customer has to fear that third parties can access the cloud data. Furthermore, all the data of each customer are hosted in a separate environment.

Secure data transport is provided by the AXOOM Gate. The AXOOM Gate is partly based on the technology of our partner C-Labs and enables a direct connection between the cloud and the customer network. Data can be collected independently of all connected devices of all manufacturers, so all information can be sent encrypted to the AXOOM platform. With the platform the machine data can be displayed and evaluated. Multi-level security and an encryption concept at the component, transport, application and user level is provided by this specialized protection for data transmission. This leads to an accurate access control to the factory itself as well as within the factory. So, all connections to and from the outside are secured.

At AXOOM the ownership of the data is clearly regulated. Customers always have the full sovereignty over all data generated within their factory at all times and he always has to approve explicitly every usage of a data source. All data with is released for further processing on AXOOM is only used in the AXOOM environment. Third parties only are not allowed to use the generated data, unless the customers has explicitly agreed in advance. Therefore, the AXOOM Gate serves perfectly as a secure communication module, to control the approval and usage of data meeting the needs of the users.