The term Internet of Things is new. The Industrial IoT is even newer. However, the issues they bring are old. On June 30th, Dark Reading posted a commentary from McAfee executive Lorie Wigle, who pointed security concerns must not be allowed to obstruct the great benefits the IIoT can bring to the industrial systems.
She is right, of course. It won’t be easy. The utilities industry is a good example of the challenges that are faced. In many cases, the network architecture in power plants was established before the plants were regionally or nationally interconnected, before the Internet was used by industry and before hacking and cracking emerged as a problem. There was no reason to segregate mission-critical data.