CYBER SECURITY IN THE ERA OF INDUSTRIAL IOT

Discerning implications of cyber security in a converged IT-OT environment

Published: 21 Feb 2017

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Industrial cyber security has been a topic of much debate over the last decade. Despite the industry’s widespread acknowledgement of its significance, cyber security in the industry continues to be an elusive subject for many. A huge gap exists in understanding the implications of cyber security; however, the subject has been greatly discussed. Interestingly, the industrial environment is currently passing through a key phase, where the idea of Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to pervade all areas of industrial operation. This ongoing change is poised to expand the complex security needs in the factories of the future.

In an effort to shed light on how the evolution of cyber security is foreseen, this white paper tries to define, identify, and contextualise security needs in a connected enterprise. This paper’s key intent is to indicate how the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) will close the gap between safety and security that currently exists in industrial processes. For this purpose, insights from new policy initiatives, industry use cases, and possible solutions presently available in the market have been leveraged. The objective of this endeavor is to emphasize clearly on why we need to move beyond discussions and approach cyber security as an essential and undeniable condition for a connected
enterprise.

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