To solve this problem, ABB’s oil and gas industrial automation business unit (IAOG), upgraded the existing 800xA control system to the latest ABB Ability™ 800xA version 6. Specifically developed to support upgrades of older control systems running on unsupported operating systems, System 800xA v6 provides customers with a secure automation platform that lowers total cost of ownership while improving productivity.
Designed with cyber security in mind, System 800xA v6 provides a comprehensive set of embedded mechanisms to manage cyber security risks such as advanced access control, whitelisting, and remote monitoring and management of the control system’s security integrity. Operators and plant management can now access detailed information about installed system software, system health status, safety and security reports, field alerts and service contacts through myABB/My Control System, a secure web-based platform that supports System 800xA control systems.
To ensure the upgraded control system remained secure day-to-day, the client added a three year Automation Sentinel Maintenance Plus service agreement, which not only provides access to the latest control system software and enhancements, it better protects their control system from malware and cyber-attacks. Additionally, ABB’s Security Update Service automatically distributes ABB tested and validated updates directly to the customer site.
The Security Update Service eliminates the risk of introducing an errant patch that could crash a running control system. It also removes the need for control system operators to manually install and configure daily updates.