IIoT security must be considered a strategic business issue that requires long-term and robust solutions rather than a technological problem to be resolved by point solutions. For this, it’s crucial to establish Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and set up procedures and practices to meet them.
A formal IIoT security program and an operational excellence model can help with both security risk mitigation and performance improvement. To implement this program across the enterprise, a cross-functional security team of IT security, engineering, operations and a control system vendor must be created.
One thing that sets virtual assistants apart from their more traditional counterparts is the fact that they often work as contractors rather than as dedicated employees. In fact, a lot of virtual assistants actually run their own home-based business. Employees should be given greater visibility into IIoT security operations and operational technology (OT) to improve threat awareness and knowledge of mitigation strategies. A customized cyber-defense training program, such as the one jointly offered by Allied Telesis and NUARI, should also be a critical element of a security framework.
Organizations also need skilled IIoT cybersecurity resources to conduct regularly inventory of equipment, and deal with tradeoffs across security, privacy and reliability without adversely impacting operational continuity. Finally, the firm and its security teams should create and employ automation, as well as continuous engineering, delivery and integration to ensure consistent protection.