AutoSave for EcoStruxure™ Plant End Users

Automation device backup and version control
Published by MDT Software

Features

  • Program comparison and notification
  • Central database of program backups
  • User access and security control
  • Electronic signature and workflow approval
  • Advanced Device Support
  • Cybersecurity Protection and Recovery

Program comparison and notification

AutoSave periodically queries your automation devices and compares the code running in the processor with the latest version stored on the AutoSave Server. If a mismatch is detected (indicating someone went around our system to make a change), a notification is sent to key personnel highlighting the mismatch along with information pinpointing the changes,
Program comparison and notification

Central database of program backups

Users can "undo" an incorrect device program change and roll back to any previous version within seconds.
Central database of program backups

User access and security control

MDT AutoSave manages access to program folders and programs via a flexible privileging system, enabling changes in program logic to be recorded by user, date, time, location and specific change detail.

Electronic signature and workflow approval

As regulatory bodies require more ability to trace process changes and ensure compliance with current regulations (i.e. 21CFR11), manufacturers are seeking ways to be assured the process has not been altered without approval. No other Automation Change Management system claims to be compliant with 21CFR11. MDT AutoSave is.
Audit Trail & Approval
  • AutoSave tracks changes in PLCs, human-machine interface systems and workstations to ensure a proper audit trail and notification of changes. This can be invaluable in understanding what changes were made, why, and by whom.
Electronic Signature and Workflow Approval Add-On Module
  • To further increase the level of change control, AutoSave provides workflow approval routing and electronic signature functionality in support of 21CFR11 guidelines. For areas requiring even greater electronic approval and audit trail support, AutoSave’s Add-On Modules provide this functionality.

Advanced Device Support

AutoSave supports any PC-based application and more automation devices than any other change management software in the industry, including PLC, robots, CNC, welders, drives, HMI, workstations, project files and documents.
Advanced Device Support

Cybersecurity Protection and Recovery

MDT AutoSave addresses a critical aspect of security not addressed by data access & network monitoring applications: The intellectual property in your device programs.
Cybersecurity Protection and Recovery
Prepare for a cybersecurity attack
  • Secure your program intellectual property: AutoSave saves a copy of each program revision in a central repository. Access to program folders and programs is managed by via a flexible privileging system.
Detect a cybersecurity breach
  • Detect changes made outside the change management system: AutoSave compares the latest program copy on file in AutoSave with the program running in each device to identify any differences. If differences are found, the appropriate people are notified with an email highlighting the differences.
Recover from a cybersecurity attack
  • Rapidly recover from unauthorized changes: With an archive of all program revisions, you can quickly restore the latest approved program after an unauthorized change.
Tracking Firmware versions in automation devices
  • AutoSave can track data such as firmware, software and CPU versions in automation devices from the following vendors: Siemens, Schneider, Mitsubishi and Rockwell (support for additional device types and automation vendors will be added soon.) The capability to easily and automatically identify this information, for comparison against published threat reports, will greatly aid automation users to address vulnerabilities in their devices.
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