Intelligent CIO APAC Issue 1 - Page 20

LATEST INTELLIGENCE Security challenges The benefits of deploying Industry 4.0 technologies and enabling smart manufacturing do bring significant security challenges. While stakeholders are aware of the problem to some extent, there is still room for awareness and action especially since the threat environment surrounding industry 4.0 deployments continues to turn riskier for businesses and investments. Download whitepaper here According to Subex’s own research, the attacks on devices and networks associated with Industry 4.0 have grown by as much as 23 percent in the period between November 2018 and April 2019. This highlights the gravity of the situation and the need for immediate action. The following are some of the security challenges associated with such deployments: • Components – Industry 4.0 entails use of a diverse family of devices and connectivity flavors. This means that to ensure security, an enormous number of connected assets. Further, IoT security cannot be expected to function in isolation. Instead it draws from and works along with IT security, data security, OT security and physical security as well. Thus, the disciplines involved makes cybersecurity a broader concept. Manufacturing entities need to handle typical vulnerabilities in a multitude of systems. In industrial environments this poses 20 INTELLIGENTCIO