Ignition HMI, SCADA and MES software by Inductive Automation is the first SCADA software solution built entirely on Java. Ignition’s use of Java makes it totally cross-platform compatible and easily web-deployable, two major reasons for the software’s growing community of global Ignition users. Java has been in the headlines of late for all the wrong reasons and recent Java security concerns have raised some eyebrows among the Ignition user community. In an effort to help put those concerns to rest, this white paper will cut through the media hype and take a hard look at Java security. This paper was written to inform you about what the recent Java security breaches entail, to educate you with what you need to know to defend yourself against these breaches and to give you a deeper technical understanding of how Java works. For those who’d like to skip ahead, on page 6 you’ll see that the root of the recent Java security issues lies in the Java sandbox. The Java sandbox is part of how Java can be deployed, and can be entirely avoided to protect yourself, while still retaining the ability to use Ignition. To truly understand what all of this means, it helps to have a solid understanding of Java technology from the ground up.
Inductive Automation (2013) Java Security What You Need to Know and How to Protect Yourself