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IIoT Security: Best Practices

By CIOReview | Friday, April 30, 2021

IIoT Security: Best PracticesWhen designing IIoT security architectures, organizations should always consider all potential connections, not just the ones that are currently in use.

FREMONT, CA: The IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) is a rapidly evolving field, and as with all rapidly changing areas of technology, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to protect devices and systems from increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. According to one report, the IIoT market will rise from just over 77 billion dollars in 2020 to 110.6 billion dollars in 2025, owing to factors such as continuous manufacturing adoption and semiconductor technological advancements.

According to the most recent data, the IoT security market, which includes all IoT devices, will grow to 36.6 billion dollars by 2025, up from 12.5 billion dollars this year. The two markets are expanding in parallel because protecting assets must be a priority of IIoT security firms in sectors like manufacturing, transportation, food, chemical, energy, and beyond.

When designing IIoT security architectures, organizations should always consider all potential connections, not just the ones that are currently in use. Similarly, businesses should study how security controls can fail as the number of devices used grows or changes. Companies should consider constantly evaluating their weaknesses rather than annually assessing them to reduce risk across their supply chains. They should also seek real-time visibility of supply chains.

IIoT security solutions should include:Analysis and visualization capabilities deployed to the distribution’s utility operations center;

Authentication and access control capabilities to ensure only known and authorized systems and devices can exchange data;

Behavioral monitoring competences that learn what is ‘normal’ and then report anomalies;

A command register ability that keeps an audit trail of information exchanges and actions;

Malware detection capabilities that continuously look for signs of compromise.

Data integrity capabilities that detect any modifications between sender and receiver.

Other best IIoT security practices for businesses using the IIoT include investing in cybersecurity training for employees and partnering with partners who can help them excel now and in the future. Providers of IIoT security platforms and services are working to secure industrial infrastructure with their platform and services.