Securing the Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing the enterprise IT landscape. Many facilities are already using sensors, actuators, and other IIoT devices to collect and use data — for example, to monitor and adjust a building’s physical conditions, precisely control manufacturing processes, or even detect and report fires. With connected monitoring and control capabilities, IIoT technology can help organizations become more efficient than ever before.

However, security is a common concern for IIoT. Related subsystems and equipment that are critical to infrastructure operations or revenue generation, such as process control systems, may not have been designed to be connected to the internet and lack security measures for stopping network-based threats. As a result, compromise of an IIoT device could lead to operational downtime, significant loss of production and revenue, or even physical harm to employees or customers.

This paper offers insight into the security implications of IIoT, including:
• What comprises the Internet of Things (IoT) and the IIoT.
• What differentiates IIoT from previous technology.
• What security capabilities IIoT devices can provide.
• How to anticipate your organization’s future IIoT security needs.
• How to prepare your organization for IIoT with stable, enterprise-ready technology
from Red Hat.

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