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SCADA Trends

As the requirements and the systems themselves are getting more complex, SCADA users today tend to source PLC, HMI and networking software from different venders and put them all together, rather than buy them all from vender who manufactures the hardware. Mix-and-match is the name of the game. Thus the SCADA software’s of today have to pitch for open communications.

We have to wait and watch to see if this become a week point for SCADA systems. Open system as we know are more vulnerable to real and cyberspace attacks by terrorists. Suitable security measures like firewalls and vpn solutions could counter this threat effectively and this become another area with scope for a lot of work. SCADA seems to be here to stay, as its overall benefits outweigh the risk factor