We are in the midst of a technology revolution, with the world becoming more connected than ever. But with great connectivity comes great threats. The digitisation of every aspect of our lives means that there is a growing reliance on technology not just in our homes but across businesses and industries too. A dependence that will leave us all vulnerable if our connected systems are breached.
With smart manufacturing continuing to merge the worlds of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), the demand for comprehensive security measures to protect OT networks is growing. For a standards-based approach, stakeholders can turn to the IEC 62443 guidelines.
The finding that two in five UK companies have faced cybersecurity attacks in the last twelve months, coupled with the growing availability of tools to simplify hacking, is making business leaders nervous. Operational cybersecurity vulnerabilities are common across the board. There is no escaping the threat, whether you’re in the financial, industrial, education, or power sectors, every industry is at risk.
On February 5, 2021, a hacker initiated a cyberattack on a small water plant in Florida. If successful, the attack would have caused multiple health complications for the 15,000 residents that the plant provides water for. This is just an example of the disastrous consequences of cyberattacks on smaller companies. But how to avoid them?
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has given rise to many new opportunities. This progress, however, depends on processes being well protected. From sensors to the cloud, openness is essential to uncovering business insights from process and IT data. The benefits of this transparency, however, brings a new set of challenges.
Having contact with someone who has a cold increases the chances that you might pick up the bug yourself. In much the same way, businesses adding more connectivity into their system increases the opportunities for cybercriminals to introduce viruses into the system. Here, Sophie Hand, UK Country Manager EU Automation, explains the role artificial intelligence (AI) can play in combatting cybercrime.
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