The industrial internet of things is still a big mess when it comes to security

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Critical infrastructure is increasingly targeted by cyber criminals – and while those responsible for running industrial networks know that securing operational technology (OT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is vital, they’re struggling, resulting in networks being left vulnerable to attacks. 

According to analysis by cybersecurity company Barracuda, 94% of industrial organisations have experienced a “security incident” during the last 12 months. 

These include Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, unauthorised remote access to networks, compromised supply chains, data theft, ransomware and more.  

The attacks are impacting industrial operations – according to the research, 43% of those hit with a cyber attack had their operations affected for two days, while a further 19% said the impact lasted for three or more days. On average, it took organisations 1.84 days to resolve issues and get operations back to normal. 

Almost half of those hit by cyber attacks reported feeling a moderate impact, with a large number of devices or several locations impacted. 11% of those hit said the attacks had “significant” impact, resulting in complete shutdown of all devices at all locations, while 36% said the breach resulted in minimal impact, with just a few devices affected: 5% said no impact was felt at all. 

While industrial organisations appear to be aware about the importance of cybersecurity, many are struggling to adopt a full cybersecurity

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