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The Growing Need for Integrating Physical and Cybersecurity in the IIoT

Tech blog post - IoT

Author: Joe Oliveri, Vice President and General Manager, Tyco Integrated Security
Published: Fri, Feb 10, 2017


While some companies are still building strategies to harness the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT), many Industrial organizations are putting real solutions in place and maximizing operations by utilizing the IoT. As applications of this connected infrastructure move from ideas to real-life implementations, the need for an understanding of how it integrates the physical with the virtual, and introduces a host of new and emerging cybersecurity threats, is crucial for properly protecting your business.

The IIoT applies connectivity and automation to the commercial space, integrating cyber systems with physical systems like building management, video surveillance and physical access control. Within this ecosystem, a compromised device can be used to disrupt other devices and/or enterprise systems thereby giving rise to cascading threats.

Here are some statistics to show just how big of a concern this is:

  • 70 percent of connected devices contain security vulnerabilities - HPE
  • 56 percent of organizations are unlikely to detect sophisticated attacks – EY GISS
  • 36 percent of organizations do not have a threat intelligence program in place– EY GISS
  • 25 percent of enterprise attacks by 2020 will originate from IIoT vulnerabilities - Gartner

While organizations can see great returns from implementing IIoT solutions, integrating physical security measures with cybersecurity protection must be a top priority to mitigate risk, from concept to implementation.

Check back for future posts from me that focus on best practices for securing the IIoT.


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