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Information Security (BSI) security analysis of OPC UA

The announcement of the completion of an in-depth security analysis of OPC UA confirms that software functions were designed with a focus on security and does not contain systematic security vulnerabilities.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS required for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is to ensure that data and information exchange between devices and services is secure.


A video describing their analysis is available on the OPC YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/OSfqXZ0AKzo.

The OPC Foundation has worked with many security validation companies and organizations to provide the highest level of security. One of the most significant of those organizations is the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Due to the relevance of OPC UA to Industrie 4.0 and Germany Industry, BSI performed an in-depth security analysis of the OPC UA specifications and a selected reference implementation.

OPC UA security analysis

An analysis of the security functions in the specification of OPC UA confirmed that it was designed with a focus on security and does not contain systematic security vulnerabilities.

Arne Schönbohm, President of the BSI explained that "OPC UA is one of the most important modern standards for secure, cross-industry networking for industrial equipment. Industrie 4.0 offers tremendous opportunities for Germany as an industrial location, but for being successful it is necessary to consider security for digitalization and interconnection of industrial processes right from the beginning."

"The OPC Foundation is truly committed to developing the best specifications, technology and certification that provide a high degree of security for the connected world. OPC UA has been deliberately architected to incorporate security into the base architecture, with the architecture being extensible to future security enhancements providing seamless backward compatibility and true plug-and-play interoperability," stated Thomas J. Burke, OPC Foundation President & Executive Director.

Microsoft′s Matt Vasey, Director IoT said, "Enterprises are realizing the value of connecting the shop floor to the cloud with the application of Machine Learning and other advanced analytics tools. OPC-UA with its built-in security and open information models shorten the time from concept to value."

Siemens′ Thomas Hahn said: "Protecting Industrie 4.0 requires a Security-by-Design approach right from the beginning. OPC-UA is an important element and its security measures are an essential building block for future Industrie 4.0 scenarios and security architectures."

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Source: Industrial Ethernet Book Issue 101 / 6
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