The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is widely considered the most significant development in manufacturing since the Industrial Revolution. Factory automation connects workers, data, and equipment. While there are tremendous benefits, there are also significant risks associated with this sprawling attack surface.
Dellfer for Factory Automation
Dellfer takes a unique approach to protecting IoT devices, such as sensors, machines, wearables, and robots. Conceptually, it is simple. Dellfer essentially takes a fingerprint of the software used to run an IoT device, then sets up detection mechanisms that trigger defenses if any changes appear. For instance, if malware is injected into the software, Dellfer detects it and quarantines it. Or, if the software is altered to behave differently, Dellfer identifies the source of the issue and neutralizes it.
Connected OT Risks
According to Robert Westervelt, IDC:
“Greater connectivity with operational technology (OT) exposes operational teams to the types of attacks that IT teams are used to seeing, but with even higher stakes.”
Expanded Attack Surface for CPS
According to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA):
“The adoption and integration of Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices have led to an increasingly interconnected mesh of cyber-physical systems (CPS), which expands the attack surface and blurs the once clear functions of cybersecurity and physical security.”
IoT in Manufacturing
- The US Department of Homeland Security has identified the manufacturing sector as the leading target of infrastructure cyber-attacks, accounting for one-third of total attacks.
- 48% of manufacturing industries have suffered a cyberattack
- Nearly three-quarters of IT security professionals say cyberattacks on critical infrastructure represent a far larger threat than data breaches
- 73 percent of manufacturers want to boost their investment in smart factory technologies in 2022