Securing the Convergence of the Manufacturing Internet of Things

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Securing the Convergence of the Manufacturing Internet of Things

Industrial control systems are often insecure by design, and operational technology (OT) environments are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks. The increased connectivity between industrial and corporate networks, as well as the need for remote access for employees and third-party suppliers, only adds to the risk. In this panel discussion, we will address the essential elements of cybersecurity for Industry 5.0, including people, process, and technology.

One key aspect of cybersecurity in manufacturing is ensuring that people inside the organization are equipped to serve as a first line of defense against cyberattacks. But with criminals moving faster than ever, the people supporting the cybersecurity strategy for manufacturers are under increased pressure. According to the 2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Global Research Report published by Fortinet, 76% of organizations report that their board of directors now recommends increases in IT and cybersecurity headcount. However, there is a skills shortage in these areas, leading organizations to look for talent to fill these roles.

Effective cybersecurity in manufacturing also requires careful planning and coordination of processes. This can be particularly challenging in an industry where many processes have been in place for decades. Guidelines such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and IEC 62443 can play a helpful role in improving cybersecurity processes in manufacturing.

There are also several key challenges for manufacturers when it comes to the technology they use. Technology is essential for revenue, but it can also be a potential weak point when it comes to cybersecurity. Many systems were not designed with security in mind, so it is essential to find ways to secure technology without disrupting processes and productivity. Automation can also present both opportunities and challenges for cybersecurity in manufacturing, particularly when it comes to modernizing and securing legacy equipment.

For manufacturers looking to start or restart a cybersecurity program, it is important to begin by identifying and prioritizing the most critical assets and processes. Leveraging technology can be a powerful tool for securing manufacturing processes, plants, and people, but it is essential to have a clear plan in place and to ensure that all stakeholders are educated and prepared to support the program. About 7 ways industries benefit from OT and IT Convergence.

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