Industrial IoT security must target 3 risk categories

Dec 24 2022

Industrial IoT security must target 3 risk categories

In the last decade, technology adoption by companies is growing fast. Everyone witnessed the evolution of the internet of things is rapidly increasing in powering smart homes, outdoor surveillance, smart lighting, and also in various industrial plants.

Although there are plenty of beneficial supports by Industrial IoT technology, organizations considering launching IIoT or planning to connect any automated remote monitoring system should consider all potential security risks or attack vectors associated with those technologies.

Why IIoT Security is important?

Based on the level of application in an organization, a security breach in an IIoT could cause risks ranging from leaking of important sensitive data like business blueprints or theft of any critical device of the organization.

Thus, if an Industrial IoT is vulnerable to hackers and can lead them to access any organization’s manufacturing network, it will become easier for them to change the settings of the manufacturing machines which could compromise the quality of your products.

3 Important Security Risks to be Consider in IIoT

Data Siphoning:

The hacker gathers data information from endpoint devices by performing an eavesdropping attack on the organization’s network traffic. This type of risk is considered to be devastating consequences if the data being transmitted by the endpoint devices is sensitive. The industries most attacked by this type of IIoT attack our health, security, and aerospace.  To control this kind of IIoT security attack every organization should follow the security policy that all the transmitted data are encrypted using the best encryption software.

Device Hijacking:

In this type of IIoT attack, the hackers aim at sensors or endpoint device hijack. Hackers easily stole the endpoint or sensors of IoT leading to serious data breaches based on the level sensor’s intelligence and the number of devices connected to the sensors. Thus the attack allows the hackers to have control over the endpoint, enabling them to manage the machines as they think. This kind of attack can be controlled by updating the hardware or software components. By deploying the hardware-based VPN solution you can avoid security risks, and support data secure and IoT devices.

Device Theft:

Some of the organizations had times dealing with physical theft of the endpoint devices.  This type of security risk is considered to be critical if the organization maintains important sensitive information in the endpoint devices.  To minimize the risk associated with this type of device theft the organization should save the sensitive information in cloud-based infrastructure instead of saving them in a vulnerable endpoint device.

However, if you are planning to initiate the implementation of Industrial IoT in your organization, keep in mind the security risks you should consider to protect your organization against. But these threats should not stop you from upgrading technology adaption in your business works. Every challenge has a solution, Trinetra Tsense an experienced IoT solution provider can give you the right balance of protection in your IIoT deployment plan.