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The Internet Of Things - The Future Of Industrial Automation

In a highly competitive market, the demand for automation rises. Internet of Things is a crucial feature of automation. Though IoT is in its initial stage, yet big enterprises are eyeing on it as it forms the future of industrial automation. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning can lead to the increase in productivity, a change in industrial applications and further generate insights for proper decision making. But, with the use of more IoT devices, the threat to cyber security is also rising.

Applied Risk

This article will discuss the things that one should be aware of regarding the Internet of Things, which is the Future of Industrial Automation- 

The challenge

The platforms like SCADA, ICS, BMS, CMMS were not designed for cybersecurity. The basic role of ICS like that of control and safety has increased a step further and now includes providing process information and response directly to ERP. This in turn has exposed ICS to potential cyber threats. Now coming to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), it uses the IP, which leads to more exposure and risk of cyber threats. According to The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), there are four elements namely identification, protection, detection and reaction, which are invaluable for spotting an enterprise's critical assets.

Identifying suspicious behaviour

Industrial networks are complex and large. Industrial protocols too vary from the regular enterprise IT networks. To establish a general behaviour for ICS, it is crucial to have an Catalogue of assets and flow of data. Inventory and monitoring tools are essential tools for establishing a secure ICS baseline. Monitoring a device with ICS technology are capable of the following-

Using passive sensors and procuring metadata

Understand ICS and dispense statistical and behavioral

descriptions of regular operations Build a map of connections

Advocate preventive actions

Businesses are nowadays connected by wireless technologies. The use of static IP addresses is the main point of distinction between the ICS and IT networks. Therefore, the identification of suspicious behaviour involves the look for change or duplicacy of IP or MAC addresses, cable and device movement as well as unauthorized connections.

Protection

The common causes of cyber threats in industries are because of undermined credentials, hackers targeting every class of users and improper traditional circumference based security. Hence, what is essential is the proper encryption of files by the ICS retailer, to provide proper monitoring of abnormal connection attempts and make use of secure protocols such as HTTPS.

Detection of suspicious behavior

The industrial network monitoring system is equipped with the technology to identify any kind of suspicious behavior. The systems when detects something suspicious, it raises alarms and takes action on the threat of compromise.

Taking steps and ensuring recovery

It is crucial to have strong version control so that the recovery of the data is possible. A few indicators of the best of class SCADA are undoubtedly the controllers, networks, history and communication servers. But, these are not enough as a security against cyber threats. The best way to provide a layer of security is by applying strong credential management and intrusion protection. This is in fact the best way to secure SCADA in the era of IoT.

The solution

For an effective knowledge and protection against cyber security, professional help is needed. Professionals provide comprehensive review process which helps to secure your business’s confidential data. This service includes review of the low level chip design to high level application code.

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