One of the main targets on the development agenda of factories is increasing output and reducing costs at the same time. To make this possible, enterprises actively deploy automated production control and other IT-based tools, for example, specialized systems designed for managing manufacturing infrastructure components and monitoring their condition.
Modern information systems serving the needs of manufacturing players, including automated process control systems (APCS), require a wider range of technologies compared to classical information systems. The life cycle of technical equipment in manufacturing systems is much longer than that in corporate infrastructure — 20 years vs. 5 on average.
In manufacturing, any operations shutdown, even if planned, may result in significant losses. And incidents involving failure of key components of production systems may lead to huge fines, contract terminations, and in some cases, even casualties and environmental disasters.
Factories are some of the most attractive targets for cyber attacks. The goals of cybercriminals are obvious: industrial espionage, severe reputational damage, production shutdown, or terrorism. For business owners, any attack on their production system may result in significant financial losses, serious reputational damage, and tangible time wastes.