Industrial firms deploy security strategy around IIoT amidst rising cyber threats

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The attacks on industrial systems and the industrial controls systems (ICS) architecture could range from physical impact, such as damage to the infrastructure, production downtime, loss of revenue, and hefty fines, to more severe consequences, such as injuries and even loss of life. In order to address the growing sophistication of attacks, vendors are offering security solutions across the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) architecture and not just for information/operational technology (IT/OT) networks.

This was revealed by business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Asia-Pacific Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Security Industry Guide. The analysis provides an understanding of cyber security implications in an IIoT and ICS environment. It presents key demand drivers, trends and challenges impacting this space, as well as profiles of key vendors.

“Industrial firms prefer to deploy security solutions that have security embedded in the design stage, which ensures higher protection,” said Divya Prasad, Senior Industry Analyst, Digital Transformation, Asia-Pacific at Frost & Sullivan.

“Cybersecurity firms are focusing on delivering ‘Security by Design‘ by incorporating features such as password protection, multifactor authentication, and other strong security functions,” she noted.

With stringent regulations such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and others such as new cyber security laws in China and Vietnam are exerting pressure on cyber security professionals.

In Singapore and China, 11 critical infrastructure (CI) sectors including aviation, banking and finance, government, healthcare, infocommunications, and media are required to conduct risk assessments at least once a year. This presents a huge opportunity for security service providers to meet the needs of CIs,” noted Prasad.