Industry 4.0

After steam, electricity and digital computing, the next revolution is brewing in the manufacturing world: Industry 4.0, the combination of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart management software, will unlock productivity gains and enable new business models for manufacturers and their customers.

Industry 4.0 will connect every physical component of a factory (machines, tools, communication networks, etc) and every human stakeholder (operators, engineers, etc) in an integrated communication system with the goal of improving the efficiency and flexibility of the production chain. These new capabilities will deliver a number of benefits:

  • Improved automated reactions to changes and disruption,
  • Facilitated decentralized decision making by operators and engineers based on live, up-to-date information,
  • Simplified reconfigurations, making efficient “Manufacturing-as-a-Service” a reality.

However connecting all the components and stakeholders of a production chain in a continuous digital fabric, from simulation tools to machine-tools, and from operators on the floor to remote specialists, significantly increases the exposure of manufacturers to security risks.

For example, the information that circulates in this network is extremely valuable: not just the blueprints of a new product, but an exact description of its manufacturing process, down to the settings of every tool and the delivery date of every component. This information would be extremely valuable to anyone digging for economic intelligence about a company, or simply to replicate the entire production chain in a new factory in order to produce knock-offs of a successful product.

Similarly, a disruption will not stay confined to a single component but may spread throughout the factory. Malicious hackers might use software vulnerabilities in any components of the network to disrupt the whole production chain, potentially for long periods of time if attacks are physically destructive. They might also be able to introduce subtle flaws in the manufactured product in order to tarnish the brand image of the manufacturer or to attack the users of the manufactured product. A few examples:

  • Incorrectly manufactured chemicals can cause the product that uses to disintegrate/dissolve/explode.
  • Trojan Horses in the dashboard of every manufactured car stealing the personal information of their drivers.

Hackers have already shown their willingness to perform such attacks, even without any monetary motivations: to succeed an Industry 4.0 project must be protected from such risks.

What we can do for you:

Prove & Run can help you address the security challenges of Industry 4.0 projects with a comprehensive range of products and services designed to help you protect your connected devices at the highest level of security while keeping the cost and time-to-market compatible with the constraints of this industry.

As an illustrative example, the primary Industry 4.0 devices that can be secured using Proven & Run’s products are:

  • Sensors and actuators,
  • Communication and IoT gateways,
  • Data concentrators.

For more details about how we can help you solve the security challenges of your Industry 4.0 projects, please contact moc.n1563891063urnev1563891063orp@s1563891063elas1563891063.

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