Cyber Security may not be a new term for the general public, but it is definitely a new world altogether in the industrial sector. It has never been an issue for traditional factories or plants before, since the machines and production lines are disconnected from the internet. However, the concept of traditional manufacturing is gradually getting obsolete, and you need to change your perspective in the way you run your plants.
As we are evolving into Industry 4.0., we are entering an uncharted territory where suddenly all the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are connected to each other and to other systems across the worldwide web as well. A lot of efforts have been placed into the technology aspect to bring industrial automation to a whole new level, but most operators have only put minimum attention in the topic of industrial cyber security.
Venturing into an unknown territory of industrial cyber security can be an overwhelming experience. To illustrate it simply: it is a big word in an obscure world. More often than not, operators do not even know where to start.
If this is what you are facing, fear not, these three pointers from Mr. Heinz Gall, TÜV Rheinland expert in Functional Safety and Cyber Security, will provide you a structured approach and you will be on the high ground in connecting Functional Safety with Cyber Security.