Cyber Security Measures Lacking
December 6, 2017
released a new study showing industrial companies are not moving
quickly to adopt cyber security measures to protect their data
and operations, even as attacks have increased around the globe.
Putting Industrial Cyber Security at the Top of the CEO Agenda –
was conducted by LNS Research and sponsored by Honeywell. It
polled 130 strategic decision makers from industrial companies
about their approach to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT),
and their use of industrial cyber security technologies and
Among the findings were:
•More than half of respondents reported working in an industrial
facility that already has had a cyber security breach.
•45% of the responding companies still do not have an
accountable enterprise leader for cyber security.
•Only 37% are monitoring for suspicious behavior.
•Although many companies are conducting regular risk
assessments, 20% are not doing them at all.
“Decision makers are more aware of threats and some progress has
been made to address them, but this report reinforces that cyber
security fundamentals haven’t been adopted by a significant
portion of the industrial community,” said Jeff Zindel, vice
president and general manager, Honeywell Industrial Cyber
Security. “In order to take advantage of the tremendous benefits
of industrial digital transformation and IIoT, companies must
improve their cyber security defenses and adapt to the
heightened threat landscape now.”
The study suggests these three immediate actions for any
industrial organization to capture the value of the new
industrial cyber security part of digital transformation
2.Driving best practice adoption across people, processes and
technology, from access controls to risk monitoring, and tap
external cyber expertise to fill gaps
3.Focusing on empowering leaders and building an organizational
structure that breaks down the silos between IT and OT.
“Cyber security needs to be part of every CEO’s agenda to ensure
the effective, immediate and long-term deployment of strategies
and technologies such as IIoT,” said Matthew Littlefield,
president and principal analyst, LNS Research. “In short, in
order for a business to succeed on its digital transformation
journey, it needs to succeed with industrial cyber security.”
LNS Research is a global leader in research and advisory for
digital transformation of industry, delivering technology
insights for business executives. Its analysts focus on
identifying the metrics, leadership, business process, and
technology capabilities effecting change.