The world is more networked than ever. Some of you may be reading this very post on LinkedIn or after following a tweet.
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Over the years we’ve all become accustomed to taking care about what information we post publicly on business and social networking sites and being careful with the security of our passwords.
It’s become second nature to most of us, and the result is a fantastic environment for sharing information with people we know and reaching contacts from beyond our personal networks.
For industry, as it takes its first steps into the world of IIoT, becoming more networked also brings risks. But industry is arguably much less mature than social media in the best approaches to mitigating those risks and achieving the benefit of connectivity without the vulnerability.
And that is something industry leaders, such as those I’ve spoken with recently in the more traditional networking environments of Automation Fair in the United States and SPS IPC Drives in Germany, tell me they lose sleep over. They know that their enterprises must be better networked to be sustainable, but they fear the potential risks involved.
And here’s why.