Challenges to Overcome in Industrial Cyber Security

In the digital era, elements of the industrial ecosystem have transformed into smart units connected to Internet of Things (IOT) for seamless communication across the industrial supply chain. Industrial systems connected to IOT devices with individual IP addresses are vulnerable and prone to unauthorized access via third parties. Attackers are at the bay ever ready to exploit industrial resources and data that hamper the overall operations and companies then have to incur a huge cost against the data breach.

Hence, loopholes in the industrial cybersecurity can pose serious threats to new-age production infrastructure and processes. Here are some prominent challenges to overcome and strengthen the industrial cybersecurity:

  1. Legacy Anti-virus Solutions Do not Provide Enough Sheild: Firewall and anti-virus software gives basic protection to the systems. The entire production lifecycle can get disrupted when enough threat protection is not acquired, leaving end points for intruders to invade.

  2. Gaps in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Culture: In modern day work environment, personal employee devices are accepted for work in office. This provides the required comfort, increases productivity and saves capital investment in purchasing new devices. However, when these external systems are not scrutinized thoroughly, cyber attack risks can emerge from various entry points. Industrial offices and factories are advisable to deploy an independent firewall to create a safe BYOD culture.

  3. Lack of Real-time Encryption: The deprivation of real time encryption makes the industrial systems vulnerable to attacks. Entry of malicious sources can hamper production capabilities, leading to a shutdown and delay in deliveries. This demands for a network deployed with smart encryption solutions, that encrypts exchanged data in real-time.

  4. Revising the Cybersecurity Approach: With upgrade in system models and procedures, the obsolete cyber security approach will not be sturdy enough to resist the entry of scammers and attackers. Hence, this calls for a dynamic multi-layered approach with upgraded security standards that standby securing the latest industrial innovations.

  5. Infusion of Alternate Firmware: Hackers are capable of creating alternate versions of firmware that can be a reason for a major network crash, when connected to IOT. Instruct IT teams to conduct a thorough periodic scrutinization, update drivers before installation and resist penetration of such artificial firmware.

  6. Untrained Users and Operators: Human errors or unintentional actions online lead to data breach in many cases. Downloading a malware infected file or visiting an unsecured URL can spread the infested data all over the network gradually. Hence, time and again it is mandatory to upgrade your IT skills as a team to eliminate common human errors causing the breach.

As the risk horizons widen, companies should shift to an innovative data security approach such as an all-new business intelligence model of Industry 5.0. Overall, building a resilient environment to cope up with the industrial crisis.