Don’t let DCOM hardening leave your communications behind

December 21st, 2022 Electrical Design, Energy

The deadline for Microsoft’s DCOM hardening, with no option to disable it, will be here before we know it: March 14, 2023.

What is DCOM hardening, you may be asking? According to Microsoft, Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) “hardening represents a means of investigating and reducing the number of systems across your organization with potential weaknesses, and then taking steps to secure them from malicious actors and their increasingly creative cyberthreats.”

Time is running out if you haven’t established a strategy to either completely stop using DCOM communications or how to keep your process systems that will still rely on remote Open Platform Communications (OPC) Classic over DCOM to function correctly.

Downtime is expensive, and a system employing OPC Classic that hasn’t been evaluated to see how DCOM hardening affects it may be susceptible to communication errors.

The Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) is a Microsoft technology that enables software components to communicate over a network in a distributed environment. DCOM is based on the Component Object Model (COM), which is a programming model that allows software components to communicate with each other.

OPC servers can provide all the following features, but not limited to

  1. Interoperability
  2. Scalability
  3. Remote access
  4. Data exchange
  5. Security

Overall, DCOM is a valuable technology in the electrical industry because it enables interoperability, scalability, remote access, efficient data exchange, and secure communication between software components. This enables electrical engineers and technicians to efficiently monitor and control electrical systems and devices, which is critical for maintaining the stability and reliability of the grid.

The way Can-Technologies offers to migrate OPC servers is the same features you had in DCOM, but way advanced and user-friendly for your team.

Eliminate errors, stress, and security risks by partnering with Can-Technologies. Our skilled and experienced engineers will implement solutions to keep your communications systems running smoothly, so your facility runs as efficiently, productively, and competitively as ever.

Contact Can-Technologies for more information.

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