Industrial IoT Cybersecurity Trends and Developments

| August 1, 2019

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It’s reasonable for companies to be concerned about the security of IoT device deployments in industrial environments.  Each device has an associated risk to data and operational integrity.  A compromised inter-net-connected device could create a pathway for attacks on connected systems, including critical control systems.While essential, secure-by-design IoT devices are not enough to manage all the risks.  Threats to device security exist throughout the complex industrial IoT device supply chains.  This includes compromised software from technology developers, poor security practices by OEMs, weaknesses in distributor security practices, poor security enablement by implementers, and insecure connections of devices to IoT platforms and cloud systems. Maintaining security throughout a device’s lifetime requires careful coordination with external suppliers and support groups.  Companies need to understand these challenges and develop appropriate risk management strategies before widespread deployment of industrial IoT devices.

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