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Securing Real-time IIoT Networks: Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and Cybersecurity

Modern industrial networks are transitioning towards communication architectures where strong compartmentalization in communication is replaced by permeability from the cloud to the sensor. TSN is a key technology to realize this fundamental change. This webinar discusses the new cybersecurity challenges on the table, and how to address them to make IIoT networks a reality.

Date: February 8, 2018
Time: 2 PM EST (11 AM PST)
Duration: 1 hour
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Modern industrial networks are transitioning towards communication architectures where strong compartmentalization in communication is replaced by permeability from the cloud to the sensor. This permeability includes the requirement to provide different levels of Quality of Service to different applications - completely feedback-free. This is due to the fact that different applications with differing real-time requirements utilize the same communication network infrastructure: While background data procurement from sensors to a cloud infrastructure may not have real-time requirements, control traffic for an industrial automation application does. TSN technology enables the simultaneous transmission of real-time and non-real-time data on a single high speed, high bandwidth network, removing the necessity to set up and maintain multiple different networks or gateways. This breaks a fundamental concept that has been in place for a long time in automation networks: the compartmentalization in communication. Compartmentalization and the restriction of communication is a security concept that is also followed with known best practices, such as "zones and conduits." TSN and the transformation into more open automation networks slowly erode this factor that has been very supportive for cybersecurity in automation networks in the past. This, however, does not mean that modern IIoT networks are less secure. It is just a matter of applying the correct best practices and fitting technology to provide the cybersecurity that is essential for modern industrial networks that span from the sensors to the cloud. This webinar will provide an overview of the transformation that is currently happening in automation networks, how TSN fits into this and how modern automation networks can be secured with proven technologies and best practices.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand the ongoing transition towards modern IIoT network infrastructures
  • Learn how modern automation networks with TSN are structured and about the challenges this poses to cybersecurity
  • Find out how these challenges are addressed and how existing technology and best practices can be used to ensure sustainable cybersecurity, now and in the future


Dr. Oliver Kleineberg, Manager Advance Development - Core Networking, Belden

Oliver Kleineberg joined Belden in 2007 and he is responsible for Advance Development within Belden's Network Solutions Core Networking platform. Oliver has been working with numerous standardization bodies, including the IEC and IEEE 802 groups. He has made significant contributions to fault-tolerant and real-time industrial communication specifications, including the ongoing TSN standardization efforts in IEEE 802.1 and IEEE 802.3. Oliver graduated from the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences in Computer Engineering and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Limerick. His Ph.D. thesis focused on developing fault-tolerance concepts for time-sensitive Ethernet networks

Dr. René Hummen, Senior Architect Technology and Innovation – Core Networking, Belden

René Hummen joined Belden in 2015, where he is working as Senior Architect at the Technology and Innovation department of the Network Solutions platform. With his work, René plays a crucial role in shaping the future of Industrial Ethernet and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He identifies and analyzes future technology trends, contributes to standardization, and performs research projects in the field of industrial communication. His passions include Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and Cyber Security. René graduated from RWTH Aachen University and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from RWTH. In his Ph.D. thesis, René investigated lightweight IoT network security solutions.