The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been the driving force behind the digital transformation of industries such as manufacturing, transportation and healthcare. However, the more popular IIoT becomes, the more interest it attracts among cybercriminals.

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IIoT attack surface areas

  • Proprietary software
    Industrial facilities run on a range of proprietary software. They are often hard to update and patch, which leaves the IIoT vulnerable to cyber attacks.
  • Communication channels
    Devices and systems use IIoT to exchange data in industrial facilities. Unsecured configurations put the data at risk and become open targets to various attacks.
  • Exposed systems
    Some IIoT systems are exposed online with no authentication allowing cybercriminals to obtain IIoT network assets through backdoors or intrusive malware.
  • Compromised endpoints
    New technologies when integrated into older IIoT devices with compatibility issues, can be used as an attack vector by cybercriminals.

We recommend the following to stay safe

  1. Do not connect any unauthorised or personal devices to the organisational network. Ensure that your devices and software are updated with the latest patches.
  2. Provide adequate authentication and authorisation to all applications and systems.
  3. Always ensure that data is encrypted while in transit and at rest.