This nightmare scenario could play out millions of times unless people take steps to protect their IoT devices. The situation is even worse in industrial settings. Smart manufacturing, that is, Industry 4.0, relies on tight integration between IT systems and OT systems. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software has evolved into supply chain management (SCM) systems, reaching across organizational and national boundaries to gather all forms of inputs, parting out subcomponent development and production, and delivering finished products, payments, and capabilities across a global canvas.
Each of these synergies fulfills a rational business goal: optimize scarce resources across diverse sources; minimize manufacturing, shipping, and warehousing expense across regions; preserve continuity of operations by diversifying suppliers; maximize sales among multiple delivery channels. The supply chain includes not only raw materials for manufacturing, but also third party suppliers of components, outsourced staff for non-core business functions, open source software to optimize development costs, and subcontractors to fulfill specialized design, assembly, testing, and distribution tasks. Each element of the supply chain is an attack surface.
As in many other sectors, manufacturing organisations are rapidly embracing digital transformation to drive efficiencies, agility and growth. In so doing, they’re investing in new industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems to accelerate convergence between previously siloed IT and OT spheres. But this digital revolution also opens the door to new threats, as previously air-gapped systems and proprietary technologies are brought online and exposed to remote hackers.
That’s why Trend Micro has just announced major new security
products designed to enhance visibility and protection for imperilled
industrial control system (ICS) environments.
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Critical national infrastructure (CNI) covers a wide variety of industries. But what most have in common is that they run industrial control systems (ICS) and other operational technology (OT). Increasingly, these are being enhanced by new investments in Internet of Things (IoT) systems, in a bid to improve efficiency. The problem is, as these legacy technologies are brought online and integrated with IT systems, they become exposed to new cyber risks, with potentially major repercussions.
A new global study reveals that 90% of CNI providers have suffered damage to their environment as a result of cyber-attacks over the past 24 months. To support business growth and minimise risk, CNI firms need to improve visibility and control in these OT environments. Continue reading →