Cybersecurity Standards for Industry 4.0

Internet of Things and the cloud are some of the new technologies of Industry 4.0, but with them also increases the risk at the level of cybersecurity

Technological innovations are revolutionizing the society in which we live. And at the same time they are marking a revolution within the industrial world. Cloud storage or the Internet of Things are just a few examples of new technologies that can be found in cities or at work.

Industry, compared to society, has always been more wary of new technologies. Production processes often take longer to adapt to the new systems offered by technology, but never before have technological innovations led to a new industrial revolution 4.0. Systems such as WSN (Wireless Sensor Networks), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or M2M (Machine to Machine), will lead companies to rethink their internal structure. Linked to this evolution is the issue of cybersecurity. That will become increasingly important in businesses.

Cyber Security and Industry 4.0

Until now, most businesses have focused on workplace security. That is, solutions to prevent workers and employees from getting hurt during working hours. With the development of new technologies, this aspect will not be underestimated but will be integrated with IT security solutions, useful to defend data and production processes of the company. This implies certain actions to be taken. For example, protect internal processes and networks. In addition to the internal network, conversations inside and outside the company must also be protected. Physical and virtual defense

Enterprise security systems must therefore follow two parallel but interconnected aspects: physical and virtual. Both are closely related, since any threat to the physical security of people can become an advantage for cyber criminals. In fact, cyber security in the industrial sector depends on many other factors. Every industrial system should follow security guidelines. First, every machine should be designed with a system to prevent hacker attacks that can then cause damage to objects and people in the factory. Secondly, the company must invest in the training of employees, in many cases the weakest link within the companies: there are very few workers who are able to recognize a malicious link or a phishing attack.