• Does Industrial IoT Generate Vulnerabilities?

March 03, 2020

While cybersecurity is not a major threat in the early 1990s, with the increasing number of connected machines cyber attacks are likely to be a threat to industrial areas nowadays. 

Attacks against industrial areas can pose major challenges for production facilities. The computers infected with the attack software can easily be accessed remotely and data theft occurs. With these kinds of attacking software, attackers can stop production and logistics, access production and capacity volume data, manipulate applications and systems, or even cause physical damage to the machine. The attackers accessing the system remotely can sabotage the production line, the relevant system, and even all servers on the same network. While the risk of cyberattacks is so huge, the importance of the measures to be taken increases.

The Sectors Most Exposed to Cyber Attacks

The most common areas of cyber attacks are financial services, IT, manufacturing, trade, and health. There are two common types of infiltration in these areas, since they are relatively easier, exploiting database and operating system vulnerabilities. Although the number of attacks is very low compares to the previous years, attackers can still damage with these methods due to the lack of up-to-date technologies in server and web application areas.

According to a survey conducted by IEEE, 71% of the attacks in 2016 in the manufacturing industry are reported to be leaks caused by database deficits.

 

Main Causes of Attacks in Industrial Areas

One of the strongest reasons for attacks in industrial areas is the failure to systematically (monthly-weekly) update of the security software of connected devices in power plants or factories. Another reason is that ICS network services are not offered on a virtual network isolated from the normal network so that malicious software that can infect the network can quickly affect all systems.

While it is estimated that 20 billion devices will be connected in 2020, it is also expected that industrial IoT (IIoT) systems will increase rapidly in the coming periods and security will be the most critical point in the design of the systems.

Facts About IIoT Security in Numbers 

IoT security expenditures, which were 1.2 billion dollars in 2017, increased 28% within a year and reached 1.5 billion dollars. This number is expected to reach $3.1 billion by 2021. 
Another study shows that approximately 20% of organizations have been subjected to at least one IoT-based attack in the last three years.

Skysens’ Special Algorithm Offers a Secure IIoT Solution

As Skysens, we are aware of the consequences of the damages and effects of security gaps in technological systems and take our measures most effectively. For this purpose, we have developed special algorithms on the top of LoRaWAN technology which will provide a very secure connection to industrial areas. With extra security layers, we keep our solution at the same level as the finance sector. As a result, we minimize the risk of these attacks on the site and create an isolated, secure an reliable end-to-end network in industrial areas.





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