Industrial security refers to the measures taken to protect industrial facilities, equipment, and intellectual property from unauthorized access, theft, and damage due to cyber attacks. This encompasses elements of physical security, cyber security, and personnel security to ensure the safe and secure operation of industries, including critical infrastructure and manufacturing facilities.
With the increasing threat of cyber attacks, industrial organizations must implement strong cyber security measures to protect their systems and data. Industrial security today faces the challenge of adapting to the growing interconnectivity between IT and industrial networks, and the increasing sophistication and volume of attacks. The number of attacks that disable or shut down industrial systems has risen dramatically in recent years, more than doubling every year.
This changes the landscape of industrial security cybersecurity protections, closely linking it with safety, reliability, and efficiency. Safety is ensuring no harm to people or the environment. Reliability is ensuring smooth physical operation. Efficiency is reducing production costs. Because of this focus, owners and operators rely on industrial security standards such as: