Address risks together
Some have used the risks that connected technologies can introduce as an argument against modernization. But, it’s important to recognize that doing nothing is not a solution. Maintaining legacy systems too long not only deprives you of valuable insights and other IIoT benefits, but these systems also often lack the security measures of contemporary systems making them more vulnerable rather than less.
The better approach is to make the most of digital transformation, while helping protect safety and security as part of the process. As you do this, keep some key things in mind.
For example, many security practices have long been used in the IT world, but they’re new to the OT world. And, while many of the mitigation steps are similar in comparison, they’re applied very differently in the front office than on the plant floor.
In a manufacturing environment, cybersecurity and safety risks should both be part of risk management and part of the management of change (MOC) process. And EHS professionals should be involved in managing processes and compliance with standards and laws.
It’s a new age in industry. The advantages of Industry 4.0 certainly outweigh the increased risks. And by understanding the risks and mitigating them as part of your digital initiatives, you can expand what’s possible in your operations while helping protect what matters most to you.
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Rockwell Automation is a founding member of the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance and has received multiple ISA/IEC 62443 certifications.