In the fourth MHI Annual Industry Report, released last April at ProMat 2017, 60% of the 1,100 top-level manufacturing, logistics and supply chain industry leaders surveyed said that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will be a source of competitive advantage or industry disruption within the next 10 years. Simultaneously, 55% believe cyber security (or a lack thereof) poses the biggest barrier to IIoT adoption.
Roadmap 2.0 addresses cyber security on page 63 (as a part of its Logistics Infrastructure section), noting that in this day and age, it’s simply not possible to have any logistics infrastructure—physical or virtual—without some degree of cyber security to defend against malware or malicious attacks. In fact, Roadmap 2.0 suggests that the current lines between cyber and physical security will grow increasingly blurred by 2030, and that the value of information will likely be equal to—or exceed that of—products. This will make cyber security even more critical than it currently is.
What’s a supply chain executive to do to both protect and prepare for this aspect of the coming digital revolution? Key is to recognize that IIoT, which refers to industrial devices and machinery embedded with computing devices that connect to other systems via the Internet, should be planned for now. Evaluate which physical assets currently owned are capable of interconnecting; plan for future capital expenditures and equipment acquisitions to include information infrastructure within their design.
In its first quarter 2018 issue, MHI Solutions tackled the topic with six industry experts. Among the subjects discussed to help supply chain leaders address cyber security in preparation for IIoT are:
- The risks of ignoring or downplaying the importance of cyber security and IIoT
- The right time to consider adopting or enhancing cyber security measures, relative to implementing an IIoT strategy
- Assigning responsibility for developing and implementing cyber security strategies protocols among device manufacturers, operations leaders, information technology (IT) teams or third-party vendors
- Ways to validate and verify cyber security implemented protocols
- Best-practice strategies for implementing cyber security within an IIoT-enabled system
The entire article, “Cyber Security and the Industrial Internet of Things” can be found here.
Additionally, at MODEX 2018, MHI has created a new solutions center focused on topics such as this one. The Smart City Logistics & Connected Supply Chain solutions center will be located in Hall C, and features the technologies that enable IIoT and Industry 4.0 strategies, including sensors, software, cloud computing, driverless vehicles, robotics and automation, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, omni-channel fulfillment, augmented reality wearable and mobile systems. For more information or to register, visit modexshow.com.