As the dawn of Industry 4.0 begins, manufacturing firms are going to have systems with an unprecedented level of connectivity. But this connectivity add new risks and this may be overlooked by organisations.
We are also witnessing threat actors focusing attacks on the supply chain in order to infiltrate targets further up the chain. The UK government has realised this and introduced the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP).
The government states: "The DCPP aims to protect our military capability by improving cyberdefence through the MOD’s supply chain while preserving existing investment in cybersecurity measures."
While designing secure systems from scratch is the real panacea, making the existing systems secure should be the priority given the lifespan of this equipment.
The defence secretary’s recent warnings of increased cyber-warfare from nation states and other actors, determined to threaten the UK’s infrastructure, must be a wake-up call to the engineering profession.