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Digital twins, the industrial Internet of Things and cyber security threats in connected industry
The industrial and manufacturing sector has already experienced significant transformation with the introduction of automation and is now being transformed due to connectivity. There is real potential for the sector to reinvent itself around the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and smart technology as the benefits are numerous. However, this increased connectivity in manufacturing environments and industrial control systems also increases the attack surface for the software, IP and critical processes which could result in disastrous consequences if not properly addressed. The dangers are also actually more complex than you may at first imagine, particularly when you take into account technological advances such as digital twins — designed to provide business benefit in a predictive and operational context, but could actually add to an organisation’s vulnerabilities, if not properly secured. This paper analyses the specific considerations that are crucial with connectivity and smart technology in industrial environments and industrial control systems. Areas discussed include: how to understand how hackers may target your business; the role of digital twins in manufacturing and industry and the potential security risks; how to upgrade the cyber security of connected industry and manufacturing in the face of wider IIoT threats.
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Mark Hearn is Director of IoT Security and Business Development at Irdeto. He is responsible for leading business development strategies to secure organisations’ Internet of Things (IoT) applications and connected devices. Mark has been with Irdeto since 2003, through Irdeto’s acquisition of Cloakware. Mark is a seasoned product management executive with 20 years of bringing technology and business requirements together to solve market problems, particularly within media entertainment and security markets. In addition to being a product leader in the private sector, Mark has also provided business analysis security consulting into the Canadian Government and has spoken at security conferences. Mark holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada and has received certifications in product management, technical marketing and strategic marketing.