The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2016

Industrial products summary

Forward-leaning organisations are taking steps to capitalise on the opportunities of the Internet of Things (IoT) while leveraging innovative cybersecurity technologies and solutions, many of them cloud-enabled, to manage potential risks. These businesses are improving their security programmes with technologies, including cloud-based cybersecurity services, advanced authentication and Big Data analytics. The vast majority of organisations also have adopted risk-based cybersecurity frameworks such as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework or ISO 27001 to help guide their overall security practices.

A strategy for the Internet of Things

Manufacturers are already deploying interconnected equipment and sensor-based devices across locations to more efficiently run plant systems and enhance operations and logistics. A majority of organisations are developing strategies to secure these interconnected devices, equipment and data. In fact, roughly two-thirds of survey respondents either have an IoT security strategy in place or are currently implementing a strategy.

Big Data will get bigger

In 2015, half of survey respondents said they use Big Data analytics to model for and identify cybersecurity threats. The benefits include better understanding of external and internal security threats, enhanced visibility into anomalous network behaviour and an improved ability to identify and mitigate incidents.

Printing the future in 3D

While most businesses have yet to adopt 3D printing for high-volume production, the technology is poised to disrupt manufacturing as we know it. Already, 42% of industrial products respondents said they use or plan to use 3D printing in the manufacturing process. This transformation, however, may increase risk to trade secrets and intellectual property. That’s because 3D printers often encode intellectual property as part of printing instructions and, like any digital document, these files can be hacked.

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