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New functions for Siemens Sinec

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With Sinec, Siemens helps customers in the field of digitalization.
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In the context of digitalisation, the number of participants in a network is growing. Security and overview can currently be lost quickly. Siemens supports users with new functions for the network management tool Sinec.

The Sinec software family by Siemens is divided into three parts. Sinec NMS (Network Management System), Sinec INS (Infrastructure Network Services) and Sinec PNI (Primary Network Initialization).

Sinec INS is a software tool for centralized network services and provides users with a standardized user interface that gives them a quick overview of all network services – especially for OT. Via INS, OT can set up a self-sufficient network independent of IT services and host it itself in an OT data center, for example. This includes various servers such as DHCP (IP address management), Syslog (collecting events in the network), NTP (time management), Radius (authentication in the network) and TFTP (firmware updates for network components).

With the Sinec PNI commissioning tool, a quick and uncomplicated initial commissioning of Scalance and Ruggedcom network components is possible. This enables users to initialize controllers and CPUs with PNI and to easily reach network components.

The two tools thus complement the efficient network management system Sinec NMS. With the new version V1.0 SP1, safety-relevant areas in the network can be managed. This includes, for example, firewall and NAT (Network Address Translation) management with device-specific rules as well as the rule-based configuration of the network infrastructure and the syslog client. This allows firewall components to be configured conveniently and efficiently from a central location.

NMS also offers a local documentation function via so-called audit trails, which automatically document user activities via a time stamp. This allows audit log recordings to be easily traced. For further analysis, users can forward log entries to a central location via a syslog interface. In addition, the new version allows several thousand devices in differently sized and differently segmented networks to be centrally monitored, managed and configured.

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