“Many industrial companies, including industrial gas, face a challenge in implementing Industry 4.0 concepts because they run their factories behind a separate, isolated network that doesn’t provide access to the cloud, partner networks, sensors or devices. If you create this walled garden, you may believe you keep your network secure, but it limits your business and stifles innovation.”
“And frankly,” she adds, “the myriad attacks on industrial control systems demonstrate that the sense of added security from this forced separation is often a mirage.”
In terms of how something such as Session SmartTM technology could be applied in the industry, Graham Johnston explains, “128 Technology is at the forefront of helping industrial companies make their network drive their business forward. Our technology uses service-centric segmentation, which allows the network to route traffic so that applications are only available to the users and devices that need them. This means that you can implement a ‘zero-trust’ approach to security, where no traffic is allowed through unless it’s verified.”
She concludes, “Industrial companies no longer need to make this ‘walled garden’ in their network. They can securely bring their networks together, enabling them to better connect sensors, people and devices to the cloud and with each other, and drive business innovation.”
On that, surely we can all agree. And with smart session technology pioneered by companies like 128 Technology, we have the tools available to securely and confidently take advantage of the world of possibilities that Big Data and digitisation afford both now and in the future.