Smart Manufacturing Cybersecurity Challenges

Loss of revenue
Reputation damage
Loss of competitive edge
Regulatory intervention

Traditional manufacturing industries are migrating to smart manufacturing methodologies as part of the ongoing fourth industrial revolution. Even with advanced automation systems, such as manufacturing execution systems (MES) that integrate plant floor production (ICS/SCADA networks) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, manufacturing objectives stay the same – to maximize productivity and minimize risks. The adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)/Industrie 4.0 and connectivity technologies has introduced new cyber risks to operational continuity and productivity. These risks include operational downtime, product manipulation and theft of sensitive manufacturing information.

The United States Department of Homeland Security reported a 20% increase in the number of cyber-attacks targeted at industrial networks in 2015. In this report, the main (33%) target was the manufacturing sector. The attack on the German iron plant, the Havex/Dragonfly campaign, and the ransomware attack phenomenon have shown that smart manufacturers are now a prime target for hackers. Production environments are a critical component in the core operations of smart manufacturers, and when hacked, the potential implications could be loss of revenue, a damaged reputation, and a lost competitive edge.

SCADAfence for Smart Manufacturing Industries

Most of the existing IT security solutions available today are unfit for industrial networks. IT solutions, which are usually designed either for intrusive integration or with active components, can jeopardize operational continuity by adding unnecessary risks. In addition, the solutions are unable to inspect industrial protocols and to profile industrial behavior, and are therefore incapable of maximizing their potential in industrial networks.

SCADAfence’s passive solutions for smart manufacturers are designed to reduce operational risks such as downtime, product manipulation and theft of sensitive proprietary information. The company offers a comprehensive solution suite that includes continuous real-time monitoring of the industrial environment as well as lightweight tools designed to automate the security assessment process. The solutions are based on a deep understanding of the needs of smart manufacturers, and offer visibility of day-to-day operations, detection of cyber-attacks and forensics tools designed to improve responsiveness.

Industrial Network
and Asset Visibility
Detection of Cyber-Attacks
and Non Malicious Threats
Risk Management
and Predictive Alerts

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