Netflix, HBO, and 1,200 other websites, were
crippled by coordinated waves of attacks that
bombarded Internet company Dyn.
What was different this time was that the
perpetrators used botnets to hijack the connectivity of many thousands of Internet-of-Things connected devices to deliver digital
disruption – from webcams and printers, to
residential gateways, and even baby monitors.
“The exploitation of the ‘Internet of
Things’ (IOT) to conduct small- to large-scale attacks on the private industry will very
likely continue due to the open availability of
the malware source codes for targeting Io T
devices and insufficient IOT device security,”
warned the FBI’s Cybersecurity Task Force.
But does it have to be that way? Some risks
you can control. And must. Others? Well,
maybe there will never be a 100% solution.
But that’s no excuse for not trying, and wising
up fast to how essential cyber vigilance will
become for manufacturers in a digital world.
Your plant floors, your supply chains, your
design systems, your corporate and partner
networks, your new smart products, your
people, even your air-con systems, will all
need protecting. And not after the fact, but
before they’re ever left open to attack.
With all the game-changing, transformative, data-driven benefits digital technologies
can bring, Manufacturing 4.0 may be one of
the most worthwhile endeavours this industry has ever embarked on.
It now depends on more strategic approaches to cybersecurity by manufacturers, where
technology suppliers and manufacturing
companies collaborate together – with imagination, advanced expertise, and urgency - to
ensure the next few years along the journey to
Manufacturing 4.0 don’t get renamed by history as the era of Vulnerability 4.0. – Paul Tate
HERE’S RISK WITH EVERY WORTHWHILE ENDEAVOUR. EM-
bracing a digital future for manufacturing will be no different, especially when
the g-forces of change and exponential increases in connected new technologies
make the industry’s future look increasingly like a digital blur.
With every newly networked machine, person or device, we inevitably add a
little extra vulnerability to our lives. The digital world seems to get more fragile every day.
In late October, for example, huge portions of the Internet, including PayPal, Twitter, CNN,
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The future is fragile. It must be protected.