IT/OT Convergence is Here, But Are You Secure?

IndustryWeek | April 06, 2020

Cybersecurity threats are nothing new for most organizations. And, unfortunately, far too many threats ultimately result in breaches with the ability to put companies in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. According to a recent research report by Risk Based Security, the number of reported breaches increased by 33% over 2018 numbers, with a total of 7.9 billion exposed records-making 2019 one of the worst years in history. However, headline-worthy breaches have historically-and almost exclusively-shined a spotlight on IT issues. That’s not the case anymore. With the rise of the Internet of Things, the operational technology and information technology environments are converging and the threat landscape has grown significantly. Simply put, digitalization is introducing a dramatic increase in risk of production disruption. OT networks no longer benefit from a limited attack surface. IoT devices and cloud computing capabilities are now playing a key role in manufacturing processes, and it’s a game changer, explains Siemens USA Chief Cybersecurity Officer Kurt John.

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Hamilton’s report passionately and thoroughly laid out how the United States could gain specific economic advantages by encouraging the growth of manufacturing in the newly formed United States of America. Hamilton asserted that manufacturing would bring the added diversity of employment opportunities with increased productivity from using machinery and employment of technical skills.


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HighByte Named "Smart Manufacturing Company of the Year" in 2022 IoT Breakthrough Awards Program

HighByte | January 14, 2022

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MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Vetter’s New Clinical Manufacturing Site Now Officially Authorized

Vetter | January 20, 2022

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MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Picosun part of extensive quantum technology development project

Picosun | January 18, 2022

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PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN

Liquidmetal Enters into Supply Agreement With Yihao Metal Technology

Liquidmetal Technologies | January 21, 2022

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Hamilton’s report passionately and thoroughly laid out how the United States could gain specific economic advantages by encouraging the growth of manufacturing in the newly formed United States of America. Hamilton asserted that manufacturing would bring the added diversity of employment opportunities with increased productivity from using machinery and employment of technical skills.

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