Greater connectivity and information sharing – enabled by technologies such as smart devices, inspired by concepts like the Internet of Things, and brought to life in The Connected Enterprise – are significantly transforming companies and their operations.
They’re converging information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) systems and using new technologies such as mobile, analytics, cloud and virtualization to do more than ever before.
This increased level of connectedness allows manufacturers to benefit and address challenges that more traditional models and operating practices were not able to offer. Vast data streams are acquired, processed and transmitted often in real time. However, it's these very streams of data and interconnectedness that are putting industry at risk.
Just as the nature of manufacturing and industrial operations has changed, so have the security risks. More connected operations can create more potential entrance points for industrial security threats. These threats can come in many forms – physical or digital, internal or external, malicious or unintentional.
Taking a Holistic Approach to Cyber Security
Holistic industrial security is enterprise-wide, starting at the plant level and encompassing every individual end device. Taking a holistic approach to cyber security is of paramount importance, especially in today’s rapidly evolving digital manufacturing environment. It addresses risks from all sides: people, processes and technologies. In addition, it brings together IT and OT teams, both of which are indispensable in securing network architectures.
Forward-thinking companies use strategies and tactics to manage risk and help minimise or mitigate threats. Physical security strategies are no longer enough to protect operations. Today, manufacturers also need to understand and assess their industrial cyber security requirements and take a proactive approach to managing risks.