Furthermore, the engineers developing solutions for industrial control systems have likely not seen significant cyber security requirements at the device level. Traditional methods for securing industrial control systems have relied on limiting access to networks and devices, and monitoring network traffic through information technology (IT) solutions.
A product lead working on devices in a factory will find it easy to dismiss cyber security as an IT problem. However, the traditional methods for securing industrial control systems will no longer be sufficient as Industry 4.0 looms on the horizon. The challenges of ICS cyber security will ultimately delay the adoption of Industry 4.0 if companies do not have a strategy to address device security at the edge. In order to adopt and capitalize on Industry 4.0, cyber security needs to be a critical part of the business plan.
Analog Devices recognizes the challenges that Industry 4.0 brings to the market. Although the industrial market has traditionally been slow to change, the adoption of Industry 4.0 has occurred at a record pace that exceeds expectations. With these changes, cyber security is becoming one of the most challenging obstacles to the adoption of Industry 4.0. ICS cyber security standards and guidelines are in place or being established to secure the factory, but they do not provide guidance on how to accelerate Industry 4.0 initiatives. It is our mission to enable our customers to more rapidly adopt Industry 4.0 solutions by extending the secure edge and making it easier to implement security.