The occurrence and sophistication of cyber-attacks are evolving at a fast pace. While cybercrime is widely publicized in the world of fi nance and at the states level, industry is also a prime target, since all parts, components, and systems are interconnected through Industry 4.0.
The international survey conducted in 2020 by specialist in cybersecurity solutions and services Fortinet showed that during the past year, 58% of large industrial companies stated they had experienced a security breach in their OT systems. In addition, security specialist Kaspersky reported in a 2020 study that 93% of companies believe their cybersecurity strategy is insufficient. Moreover, the Ponemon Institute’s independent study indicates that 61% of companies said outdated IoT systems were the main obstacle to reducing cyber risks. Last, among a survey of 77 Belgian manufacturing companies made by the trade association Agoria, 55% of respondents say they do not use or consider any standards for IoT cybersecurity. To conclude “the IoT environment is technologically very vulnerable” and “manufacturing companies are generally not able to react adequately to an IoT cyber incident and to recover quickly.”
Industry 4.0, industrial cybersecurity, IIoT, SCADA, PLC, DCS, ICS, edge computing, storage, and more hot topics
In manufacturing companies, computer (IT) networks and industrial operational technology (OT) networks are increasingly merging as a result of the digital transformation. The IT / OT convergence is driving the need to integrate equipment such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs), industrial control systems (ICS), industrial internet of things (IIoT), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and distributed control systems (DCS).
“It is clear that the IoT environment is very vulnerable and that few companies have good visibility of this type of environment. Although budgets allocated to OT security are increasing, awareness and general knowledge of the risks related to the IT / OT convergence are still insufficient,” summarises François Vajda, Managing Director of Mark-Com Event.
Target audience: decision makers in public or private sectors, professional users, B2B actors
To meet these challenges Mark-Com Event announces the Industrial Cyber Sec Forum 2023 to be held on February 9, 2023 at the Van der Valk Hotel in Nivelles-Sud. The goal is to present the IT decision makers and industrial security managers the market situation as well as what is provided by main suppliers. A series of conferences will allow visitors to learn about the latest developments in the field and to answer their questions.
“We will offer both high-level thematic presentations and other presentations from suppliers in the ICT market. At the same time, a special room will enable visitors to discover new technological developments and understand the major issues at stake,” adds François Vajda.
This event is aimed at information and communication technologies specialists as well as those responsible for the operation and security of industrial environments to enable them to understand the latest technological developments.
The Van der Valk Hotel in Nivelles-Sud off ers well-equipped conference rooms, a 500 m2 sponsor area and ample parking.