With a strong appetite to deliver operational efficiency, industry is already adopting IoT on a huge scale. Automation and data-driven robotics bring big benefits, from improving throughput to reducing safety risks for workers.
But bringing new digital capability to physical equipment creates new risk. Suddenly, it’s not just data that’s at risk – it’s infrastructure, supply chain, and operations too. Nobody wants to be responsible for another national catastrophe on the scale of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware incident.
Even in air-gapped closed networks, unsecured IIoT devices are always potential new attack vectors. An unassuming sensor could be how an attacker infiltrates the network, elevates its access to critical systems, and causes entire operations to shut down.