Gartner Research

Pragmatic Strategies to Improve Industrial IoT Security

Published: 07 November 2016

ID: G00317591

Analyst(s): Saniye Alaybeyi

Summary

Lack of security posture and asset visibility, ineffective security countermeasures, and compliance and interoperability issues are key concerns slowing security adoption in IIoT. Security and risk management leaders in charge of IIoT must adopt pragmatic strategies to overcome these challenges.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Top concerns of IloT security and risk management leaders are the lack of security posture visibility and lack of asset visibility, which leave them "in the dark" on what assets to manage and prioritize, and how to do so
  • Because security and risk management leaders are unsure of the unique requirements for IIoT security, they either choose to do little to tackle these requirements or try to implement IT security measures that are not appropriate for IIoT
  • Addressing compliance is complex and labor-intensive for IIoT security and risk management leaders — and when done in an unorganized, ad hoc manner that lacks sufficient preparation — this practice can be disruptive and intrusive to business
  • Many older industrial protocols are proprietary and are not designed with modern-day threats and secure architectures in mind, creating both interoperability and security challenges for security and risk management leaders

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