Industry 4.0: Secure by Design

VDC Research reports companies, industry consortiums, and even some national governments have Industry 4.0 initiatives underway to refine and accelerate the realization of the smart factory vision. It will be critical for these innovative manufacturing systems to be designed and built from the ground up with security in mind. Otherwise, the broad connectivity of the smart factory invites system risk by exposing new attack vectors, while the networked system of systems architecture exponentially raises the potential impact of vulnerabilities.

The graph below, for instance, shows the various tools developers are using on current projects in embedded and industrial automation. The low existing use-rates of static analysis and binary analysis—tools that can help in the code acceptance process—suggests many IAC engineering teams are not yet following best practices for third-party code use.

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Industry 4.0: Secure by Design

In this report by VDC Research: 

Security concerns should guide decisions from the earliest stages through the full development lifecycle. The cyber-physical manufacturing systems in a smart factory must be assembled from secure components at all system levels in order to safeguard the Industry 4.0 architecture.

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More information about these data points, and other statistics, are included in the report. New approaches are also recommended to help improve the outcomes of future projects.

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