IIoT and critical infrastructure
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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is an extension of the idea of the Internet of Things (IoT) to the industrial, especially the manufacturing sector. The focus is thus on industrial processes. The integration of automated production steps with artificial intelligence or other current technologies results in higher operational efficiency, cost reductions in production, faster processes and the realisation of new business models.
In the meantime, the traditionally isolated departments Corporate IT and Operational Technology (OT) in production have become basically obsolete. Both areas are now based on IT-supported systems and are thus exposed as a point of attack for cybercrime. You can find out why no IoT project can do without IT security and how ABAX supports you here at IoT Security.
Essential parts of a modern society, such as public transport facilities, health care or services related to electricity, drinking water or telecommunications are defined as critical infrastructure. On the one hand, modern societies cannot be imagined without them, but on the other hand, due to digitalisation, they are increasingly coming to the fore as a possible target for cyber criminals. A failure of such systems has far-reaching consequences for the public, people and companies.
In Austria, these facilities are referred to as essential services and the undertakings concerned as Operators of essential services (BwD - Betreiber wesentlicher Dienste).
Protecting critical infrastructure - fending off cyber attacks
The latest information on critical infrastructure protection
NIS and APCIP Operators of essential services are obliged under the NIS Act and the Austrian Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (APCIP) to take security precautions against cyber attacks and to provide a comprehensive operational
Attack vectors in the IIoT environment
The regulation relevant for Austria (Network and Information System Security Ordinance - NISV) transposing the EU directive of December 2018 was issued on 17/07/2019. Comprehensive information as well as important questions and answers concerning legal aspects can be found at the Page of the Federal Chancellery.
In addition, the Austrian Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (APCIP) offers support for strategically important companies in setting up a comprehensive security architecture (risk management, business continuity management and security management).