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Use change management to increase security

More automated systems than ever are now being connected to the Internet. The obvious downside is that the door is slowly being opened to hackers. There are many sources of risk, from external devices to a company's own employees. Intelligent application of change management can be used to provide not only backups, but also the ability to detect unauthorised changes. Don't miss out on this valuable contribution to your cybersecurity strategy.

 

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Hackers are focussing more and more on industrial facilities. Using a network switch as a honeypot is an excellent way to spot a cyberattack at an early enough stage to avoid damage. When a change management system is specially designed to work with automation devices, then its monitoring functions can be used to automatically detect changes to the configuration of a switch and raise the alert.

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Increase security

The more we connect automated systems to the Internet, the more the door is opened to cyberattacks. There are many sources of risk, from external devices to a company's own employees. Intelligent application of change management can be used to provide not only backups, but also the ability to detect unauthorised changes. Don't miss out on this valuable contribution to your cybersecurity strategy.

See the article "How to use cyberattacks to increase security" (recently published in the German-language specialist magazine "atp") for details of how to fully exploit backups as a cybersecurity instrument and how to make disaster recovery quick and easy.

Use a honeypot

Immediately detecting and checking changes to industrial control systems is an important tool in helping to provide early warning of cyberattacks. A network switch makes an excellent honeypot. Besides being  attractive to hackers and useful in the early detection of cyberattacks, it can also help with spotting the preparations for an attack. versiondog monitors the switch for unauthorised changes and automatically raises the alarm if it finds any. 

To find out how to use the fact that "a cybercriminal can resist anything but temptation" to your advantage, see this article (recently published in the German-language specialist magazine "cav").

The cornerstones of effective change management

Run regular backups automatically

  • Scheduled backups
  • Statistics and reports
  • Centralised data storage

 


Track changes

Increase certainty, safety and security thanks to:

  • The ability to generate change records quickly and easily (for audits, etc.)
  • The fulfilment of all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Detection of cyberattacks and hacker manipulation

Document changes

  • WHO made the change?
  • WHAT was changed?
  • WHEN was the change made?
  • WHY was the change made?
     

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