Networked Industry Needs IT Security

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  • Deutsche Telekom introduces the white paper “Security for the Industrial Internet of Things” at the HANNOVER MESSE 2016
  • Networking machines and factories increases the risk of cyber-attacks
  • Only half of all companies have implemented specialised security concepts

Networking and automating industrial production can have enormous benefits for businesses, but it also presents new IT security challenges. Deutsche Telekom explains in its new white paper “Security for the Industrial Internet of Things” where the risks lurk and how companies can protect themselves against them. The 28-page document is being published during the HANNOVER MESSE, the world’s leading industrial trade fair, to inform industry leaders, experts, and opinion makers about the risks and possible security strategies to ensure the safe usage of connectivity and cloud services.

Risk of cyber-attacks grows
Currently, a third of all businesses experience the unwanted attention of cyber-criminals several times each week. Only half of all companies have implemented special security measures.

Achieving the highest possible level of security is often hindered by the various components of an industrial IoT solution, as well as the necessity to open networks and systems to customers, suppliers, and partners. Of course, absolute security is as unrealistic as the desire to implement protective measures once and then forget about them. In order to be properly prepared, it is important for companies to first start with a risk analysis that can then be used to develop a comprehensive security concept.

Safe from the start
True security management begins with the selection of equipment, devices, systems, and network components. Businesses should make sure manufacturers have integrated security measures into their products. This also applies to connectivity and cloud services. Reliable providers, such as Deutsche Telekom, regularly have their extremely high security standards tested and certified.

For even greater protection, Telekom recommends companies develop a comprehensive security concept using a defence-in-depth approach. This divides IT architecture into various layers that are then each outfitted with the appropriate security measures. This ensures intruders will simply face another “closed door” should they manage to penetrate one layer of security.

Networking industry the safe and easy way
Alongside the white paper “Security for the Industrial Internet of Things”, Deutsche Telekom is also presenting a new Cloud of Things solution at the HANNOVER MESSE 2016. It enables businesses of all sizes to manage their machinery remotely in a safe and easy fashion.

About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and around 18 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2015). The Group provides fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and Internet-based TV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has around 225,200 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 69.2 billion in the 2015 financial year – around 64 percent of it outside Germany.