Cybersecurity is one of the central topics in industrial automation. Although versiondog does not directly repel cyberattacks, it helps customers to detect them early on. More importantly, it can significantly reduce the damage wrought by a cyberattack by quickly restoring the last unchanged, hence virus-free version.
In order to detect cyberattacks early on, it is essential that you are able to track changes to all control programs and production data. It is also imperative that you are able to identify any unauthorized program changes immediately. All of this is possible with AUVESY’s data management and software solution, versiondog. With versiondog, you can quickly see WHO changed WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and WHY (from the current version all the way back to the first version). What is more, a configurable alarm alerts you when discrepancies are found.
If a cyberattack has already taken place, the fastest solution is to quickly find and restore a previous, virus-free version. It stands to reason that if you make regular backups you reduce the likelihood of data loss. Regular backups also allow you to perform rapid restoration, whereby maintenance staff can take an error-free backup from the server archive and immediately restore it. This process is also known as disaster recovery. In the versiondog world, disaster recovery is made much faster thanks to the data management and software solution’s ability to schedule automatic backups and to precisely compare versions with SmartCompare. versiondog’s ability to restore a previous, virus-free version of an automation device, and thereby return it to the state that it was in before the cyberattack, prove that versiondog has the potential to function as part of an effective cybersecurity strategy.