The terms Industry 4.0 and hyper-connectivity have become part of our vocabulary. Hyper-connectivity, however, does not only bring benefits, but also criticalities that need to be analysed in order not to generate problems related to security.
INDUSTRY 4.0 E IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things)
The term Industry 4.0 generally refers to the fourth industrial revolution, where interaction between machines, and between machines and humans, are the dominant factors. To be more specific, Industry 4.0 stems from the integration of three key concepts:
In other words, through the use of M2M (Machine to Machine) connections, it is now possible to connect several independent devices that in this way are able to communicate on the network, reaching levels of connectivity that were previously unthinkable. The term IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) refers to the application of the Internet of Things to the industrial field, where more stringent parameters are required with regard to security, both in terms of plant operation and protection from possible external threats.
(H2) THE BENEFITS OF INDUSTRY 4.0
The benefits that IIoT can bring to Industry 4.0 are countless. Here are the five most important ones.
INDUSTRY 4.0 AND IIoT APPLICATION AREAS
There are several sectors that can benefit most from industrial IoT: we are talking, for example, about manufacturing, logistics, energy and services.
THE POSSIBLE HAZARDS RELATED TO INDUSTRY 4.0 AND IIoT
The new world of connections of which we are observing the first steps today will be as efficient as it is vulnerable. When we talk about ‘vulnerability’ we are saying that any system, even the most secure, can be attacked and breached. This is why computer security testing will be a constant element accompanying any evolution of 4.0 connectivity and future remote-control applications. In other words, the more the Internet of Things develops, the more it will be necessary to keep it secure.