Industrial cybersecurity has always been a primary focus for industrial companies all over the world in their IT and OT networks. Most businesses today have a breach detection and incident response system in place, but they still use the traditional air gap approach when dealing with operational technology. Manufacturing industry cybersecurity is becoming a top priority for organizations as industries become more digital.
Operational Technology, which manages industrial processes, is becoming increasingly connected to cloud services, allowing an organization to function more efficiently while also introducing security risks and leaving the systems vulnerable to cyber-attacks. In this case, it is critical to understand how to gain access to these benefits while also protecting your operations from cyber-attacks.
As a result, many organizations are collaborating with partners who are knowledgeable about industrial process automation systems as well as cyber security. This gives an organization free data flow across their entire chain, allowing them to harness the power of digitalization while continuously improving the culture of cybersecurity in the manufacturing industry.
How Big Is The Cybersecurity Industry?
The cybersecurity industry ecosystem includes several regional clusters of cyber security firms that contribute to the industry's global dynamics. The growing number of cyber attacks across various industries is largely due to a scarcity of skilled cyber security personnel in each industry. In addition, the effect of the covid-19 pandemic resulted in a global industrial shutdown, and many organizations adopted a work-from-home policy. Because of the increased number of vulnerabilities in an organization, this has also contributed to an increase in the number of cyber security attacks.
During COVID-19, the increasing number of industrial cyber security attacks resulted in a staggering growth of this industry. In 2021, the industrial cybersecurity industry was valued at USD 20.09 billion, with a projected growth of USD 33.5 billion by 2028. The increasing use of the internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cloud services is driving such compounding growth.
Intrusion detection systems (IDS), antivirus, and firewalls are also in high demand due to rising demand for high-end technology and organizational requirements for effective security systems.
The Threats To Industrial Cybersecurity
On a daily basis, industries generate massive amounts of information and data. As a result, storage and advanced cloud services are required to handle such large amounts of data. The integration of cloud services into an organization's industrial control systems (ICS) or operation technology (OT) creates a security vulnerability.
Motivated hackers are constantly poaching your system for back door entries as an organization. On the other hand, not all breaches are the result of hackers, but due to unintentional infection of basic malware. A single flash drive or phishing email containing Trojan or ransomware can be inadvertently introduced into the ICS environment, impacting your essential business.
Understanding or analyzing the threat is just as important as knowing how to stop it. There are a number of appropriate ICS and OT cyber security measures that can detect and prevent industrial cyber security attacks.
Industrial endpoint security to prevent malicious intrusion and unintentional infection of the ICS environment.
Monitoring the OT network and detecting anomalies to detect malicious activities at the programmable logic controller level.
Employee training to help employees understand organizational security risks and reduce the possibility of human error.
An expert team or services to investigate, analyze, and mitigate the impact of a cyber-security crisis on your organization's infrastructure.
Please begin implementing cyber security in your OT processes if you haven't already. It's not too late, and it's not that difficult. The previously mentioned seemingly obvious steps will significantly increase your system's cyber resilience and allow you to take advantage of new digital services delivered on-premises or in the cloud. If done correctly, your system will be able to handle the vast majority of cyber threats, with the added benefit of a more stable system that performs better and is easier to maintain.
Consider a future in which your cloud-based predictive maintenance system provides you with actionable information in advance, allowing your industrial process to run more smoothly, predictably, with increased efficiency and uptime. Surprisingly, many of these advantages are already available!