Cybersecurity for Industrial Digitalisation: Keys to a Successful Approach

ElevenPaths    24 September, 2020
Cybersecurity for industrial digitalisation: keys to a successful approach

Digital technologies, and in particular what has been agreed to be called IoT (Internet of Things), bring a world of possibilities that organisations of any sector cannot fail to exploit in order to increase their flexibility and capacity to adapt to the tastes and habits of their customers, improve the services they provide through continuous monitoring or become more efficient.

All these technologies have the need for greater connectivity in the environment of organizations in, both externally, that is to say, with their customers and suppliers, and internally. Therefore, achieving greater coordination and integration between different organizations and departments.

This increased interconnection between areas that were recently isolated (i.e. information systems and operating systems) as well as between organisations that up to date have used less digital and automated interoperation processes means that, in parallel with the digital transformation process, there is an increase in their attack surface and, consequently, in the cybersecurity risks they are exposed to.

This time, unlike previous waves of digital transformation (TI systems explosion, personal devices, cloud), changes are taking place in the core of industrial organisations, that is, in their operational systems. These are responsible for supervising and controlling production processes, which traditionally had been more isolated.

Telefónica has been supporting its customers in this process of digital
transformation since its very origins
, offering them specialised solutions and services to deal with cybersecurity risks. Likewise, we continue to adapt and improve our offer to remain at the cutting edge.

This document starts by explaining the forces driving the industry towards
digital transformation and the associated cybersecurity risks. Then it introduces the methodology followed by ElevenPaths to help our clients address this challenge, highlighting the differential aspects of the proposal. Finally, two model scenarios are put forward that exemplify two different types of cybersecurity projects: organisations with traditional factories that must adapt to the new environment and organisations that are building new factories where cellular connectivity is a key element.

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