Smart and Connected Networks
Investment in infrastructure is essential to our nation’s security, public health and safety, economy and way of life. RIoT Solutions specialises in designing smart and connected network solutions for organisations that operate cities, campuses, building automation technologies, water pipelines, energy grids, mine sites, distribution centres and transportation systems.
We enable our clients to realise the benefits of converged networks including consolidated management and control, reducing costs and increasing visibility and we closely align with industry leading technology companies to assist with the provision of next generation digital infrastructures.
Using validated industrial IP network design principles, RIoT Solutions consultants in collaboration with industry partners lead various industrial networking projects covering industrial control systems including SCADA for energy and mining sites, water applications, building automation and intelligent transport.
As experts in Securely Connecting Everything™ and our wealth of industrial knowledge, RIoT Solutions is in a unique position to understand the challenges and requirements of building world class smart and connected networks.
In small, medium, and large enterprises alike the network has become complex and in some cases difficult to manage and scale. Common themes have appeared such as the adoption of Cloud services, the constant pressure of improving application performance, gaining and increasing visibility, supporting and managing complexity around routing and quality of service, implementing new technologies, all in the face of ultimately providing a more consistent end user experience whether that be internal or external to the business.
Most networks have been designed more than five years ago and in many cases are not architecturally ready for the increased demand of new projects such as IoT, the constant cyber threats and the move away from legacy infrastructure and applications. To meet these requirements, it is paramount that the underlying network & security architecture, technologies, deployment configuration, and operational environment are designed appropriately.
Through a facilitated process, RIoT Solutions identifies several key business drivers that support the technologies and services demanded by the organisation. We then move through a discovery process to develop a high level technical architecture that includes both network and security aspects. Once it is agreed that the desired option matches both the business and technical requirements a design is detailed ready for testing. When the test plan proves to be successful an implementation plan is put in place to deliver the project. Finally, the environment is verified and validated against the design before going into final production.
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) refers to the overall architecture, security controls and operational processes ensuring these increasingly interlinked systems are resilient. It is also a concept that relates to the preparedness and response to serious incidents that involve the critical infrastructure.
Critical infrastructure itself can be defined as those physical facilities, supply chains, information technologies and communication networks, which if destroyed, degraded or rendered unavailable for an extended period, would significantly impact on the social or economic wellbeing of the nation, or affect Australia’s ability to conduct national defence and ensure national security. (Source: The National Security website; TISN)
Increasingly, modern Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are constructed from commercial off the shelf technologies similar to those used in the IT domain. This has introduced everyday IT security risks into the ICS domain with the fundamental difference being; a security incident in the IT domain and the ICS domain lies in the potential impact, whereas the impact of an ICS incident can be far greater, causing not only disruption to business operations and services but also potential damage and destruction of equipment, safety concerns and injury to people. These systems are critical and therefore are required to be trustworthy and resilient not just operationally, but from a security perspective too.
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