Industrial ICT

As industry starts to move from an initially sceptical stance, the implementation of Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions is gathering pace. Fairfields have seen a growth in the demand for additional technical expertise in the field of related Industrial Information Communication Technology (ICT), from not only our clients, but also our own project teams.  To meet this demand, Fairfields have created an Industrial ICT team dedicated to the delivery of secure and reliable Industrial ICT Solutions, from conception to implementation and beyond.

We work to remove the traditional barriers which existed between the IT and Engineering departments. Our team has experience in Commercial ICT, Industrial Networks and control systems. These combined skills allow the team to work with various stakeholders within a client organisation, forging the links between the shop floor and the managerial enterprise levels and ensuring that the final solution meets the user requirements whilst satisfying both the engineering and IT department standards and expectations.

Our Industrial ICT Team offer a full turnkey solution from initial assessment through to supporting patch management.

Assess Risk Assessments Gap Analysis Design Network Software Policies and Procedures System Architectures Implement System Hardening Network Configuration Security Configuration Virtualisation Software System Upgrades Patch Management Monitor & Maintain Endpoint Protection Firewall Maintenance Intrusion Detection/Monitoring User Management Disaster Recovery Backups Penetration Testing Training

Our Industrial ICT Team Assess, Design, Implement, Monitor and Maintain Industrial Control and Automation Systems (IACS) to the ISA/IEC 62443 Industrial Security Standards.

Cyber Security

With the increasing threat of cyber-attacks, it is essential that our client’s systems and plants are secure. Our Industrial ICT Team Assess, Design, Implement, Monitor and Maintain Industrial Control and Automation Systems (IACS) to the ISA/IEC 62443 Industrial Security Standards.

Our team have the products and skills to ensure that client’s user requirements are met and delivered in a secure and robust manner. We base our designs on the Zones and Conduits Model with multiple countermeasures providing defence in depth.

Patch Management

IACS cannot be simply supplied as a secure system. To maintain their security levels, Patch Management is essential. Patch management for IACS differs from IT. Within IACS changes can impact safety, reliability, certification and performance of a system and must be part of a controlled change and configuration management process. Patching is often difficult as systems have infrequent and short outages where patches can be installed. Fairfields industrial ICT team work with clients to monitor their systems and notify them of any vulnerabilities and available patches. We also work with clients to assess the risk of a vulnerability to understand how urgent the patch is. This enables the client to decide on whether to wait for a planned outage or install the patch immediately.

Fairfields can include patch management services as part of a service agreement. These service agreements are tailored for each of our client’s requirements.

Products

Fairfields can offer a suite of products and services fully configured and ready for use:

Security Devices

  • Firewalls
  • Intrusion Detection System (IDS)
  • Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA)
  • Unidirectional Gateways (Data Diodes)

Network Devices

  • Switches
  • Routers
  • Access Points
  • Gateways

Servers & Clients

  • Servers
  • Fault Tolerant Servers
  • High Availability Servers
  • Thick Clients
  • Thin Clients
  • Industrial PCs
  • Tablets

Backup Devices

  • Network Attached Storage
  • Backup Appliances

Software

Fairfields offer a broad range of software from Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) software to custom software using high level programming languages:

Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

  • Resource scheduling
  • Order execution and dispatch
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • Product Quality
  • Materials track and trace

Manufacturing Information System (MIS)

  • HMI
  • SCADA
  • Historian
  • Reporting

End Point Protection

  • Virtual private network (VPN) client
  • Antivirus software

Virtualisation

  • vSphere
  • ESXI
  • ThinManager

Custom Software

  • Database solutions
  • Asset management software
  • Other customised solutions