According to Kaspersky’s recent report, ‘The State of Industrial Cybersecurity in the Era of Digitalization’, 20% of organizations have already prioritized IoT-related incidents but solutions effective against IoT threats are yet to become widespread.
Industrial organizations continue to implement digitalization and Industry 4.0 standards. Even despite the market slowdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, digitalization is still being adopted. For instance, McKinsey & Company’s recent research revealed that 90% of manufacturing and supply chain professionals plan to invest in talent for digitization. Their research also shows that companies, where such projects had already been introduced, feel more confident during crises.
At the same time, the growing number of digitalization projects, such as industrial IoT, raises awareness of the associated risks. For one-in-five companies (20%), attacks on IIoT have already become one of their main cybersecurity concerns, bypassing such serious threats as data breaches (15%) or attacks on the supply chain (15%). Addressing them increasingly requires security professionals’ involvement, not just IT teams. In 2020, in almost half of the enterprises surveyed, IT security personnel are working on initiatives to protect digitalized OT systems (44%).
The report showed that today, however, not all organizations may feel ready to face threats to IoT. Thus, only 19% of companies have implemented active network and traffic monitoring, and 14% have introduced network anomaly detection – these solutions allow security teams to track anomalies or malicious activity in IoT systems.
“While industrial enterprises will only increase the implementation of connected devices and smart systems, they should strive for the same efficiency level when it comes to protection. To achieve this, protection should be built-in when a project is initiated, and for some companies, it should be done today. IIoT components must be secure at their core to eliminate the possibility of an attack on them. Along with traffic protection and other technologies, this makes the entire system secure by design and this means it becomes immune to cyber-risks,” commented Grigory Sizov, Head of KasperskyOS Business Unit, Kaspersky.
To ensure IIoT systems are used effectively and safely, Kaspersky experts provide organizations with the following advice:
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