Smart factories are manifestations of how the industrial internet of things (IIoT) is changing traditional manufacturing. Organizations in the manufacturing sector already have a basic understanding of what smart factories are as well as their capabilities and the advantages and challenges of building them. A pivotal change to adapt to technological advances like smart factories requires a huge budget, and one critical consideration is how to get the most value out of that investment. Integrators can begin by reevaluating their security.
A single cyberattack can negate the benefits derived from a smart factory, like real-time data monitoring, supply chain management, and predictive maintenance. That’s why security must not be left behind as organizations move forward with their “smart” agendas. A survey of reported cyberattacks in the past and a review of common network attack scenarios can help pinpoint areas where IIoT security could be falling behind — and where security should be enhanced.