Connected Factory Global is traveling to Hannover Messe to conduct research on cyber security relative to understanding both the primary vulnerabilities for the average manufacturing company as well as trends in technology and solutions. We recently conducted a survey of organizations involved in manufacturing, factory automation and related services and found that the overwhelming majority of them rank cyber security as there #1 concern amongst all aspects of the Industrial Internet of Things.
Our Q2, 2016 Quarterly Connected Factory Global Report will focus on cyber security in the manufacturing setting. Addressing security concerns and building more secure industrial environments will help accelerate the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things. Incorporating industrial security into our factory automation deployments will provide a more holistic view of the threat landscape.
Security concerns occur at both the network and systems level. At the network level, it is critical to understand what protocols are being used and their purpose. While there are still a few proprietary protocols, most are now publicly documented. At the system level, Siemens, GE, Rockwell, Emerson and Honeywell produce a majority of all systems deployed including PLC, DCS, HMI , sensors, etc..
NIST SP800-82 R2 noted that “While security solutions have been designed to deal with security issues in the typical IT systems, special precautions must be taken when introducing these same solutions in ICS (Industrial Control System) environments. In some cases, new security solutions are needed that are tailored to the ICS environment.
According to David Meltzer, Chief Research Officer at Tripwire, one of the fundamental tenets of industrial security is to reverse the “C-I-A” priority of confidentiality, integrity and availability because in industrial systems, availability if always the top priority. However, David suggests adding an “S” for Safety to the acronym. Cyber attacks crossing over into the physical world means that not only may physical systems go down, but human life could be more at risk in the future.
I am looking forward to the Hannover Messe and getting to see all that is new across the world of Industry 4.0, including and beyond cyber security. I would be interested to hear your comments about cyber security and how it ranks amongst your business priorities.
CEO & Founder, Connected Factory Global