The importance of cyber security in industrial automation from Cisco

Cyber security was named a top priority by the UK Government, whereby they announced to double the spend to 1.9 billion by 2020. With the Government taking such a bold step in investing for security, what are you doing to protect your business?

There are many reasons that cyber-attacks take place from intentions of fun to financial and personal gain. However, the impact these attacks leave can be devastating, and cause tremendous damage both financially and to one’s reputation. The focus around IT and OT security is prevalent now more than ever because of these reasons, however, most are not prepared both from an infrastructure perspective or security. Many existing systems are prone to these attacks unless steps are taken to secure this new era of IT/OT convergence.  The integration of IT/OT not only allows businesses to futureproof development, it allows it to be sustainable with secure measures in place.

The risks of cyber-attacks are growing vastly and will become more overt as more of our everyday technology goes online. According to Rowan Trollope from Cisco; in the next year, the Internet will connect to about 1.5 billion new “things,” and by 2020, over 20 billion devices will be online. In theory, every one of them will be able to connect to every other. Therefore, if our everyday lives are going to connected so intricately, it makes sense that connected SMART factories are the way forward for UK industrial manufacturing.

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Posted: 10/10/2018 15:40:42 by Becca Hutton | with 0 comments