IoT security concerns plague executives

Guy Barnhart-Magen

June 2, 2016


In a recent article in Smart Grid News I was asked to comment in the security concerns that executive face when dealing with IoT concerns.

I recommended that executive start with setting up a team of security specialists and incorporate best practices within the IoT product development process. While these measures are in no way simple, they offer a starting point to enhance an organization security posture.

This is especially true with industrial companies that are aiming to transition to the next generation of industrial IT, otherwise known as Industry 4.0. Connecting the physical assets to the IT domain, makes it very simple for hackers to access and control critical infrastructure.

This is a part of the reason we are experiencing an increased trend of attacks on physical assets, the internet of things and especially the Industrial IoT (IIoT). The IT domain is well established, security wise. The OT domain is still very vulnerable to attacks, it just didn’t get the chance to go through the evolution the IT domain has done in the past 15 years.