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Protect your production!

IT security is the greatest obstacle to Industry 4.0. The “Business Security” cluster at CeBIT will demonstrate how to overcome it in Hall 6.

18 Jan. 2016
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Manufacturers who control their production via the Internet gain much in terms of efficiency but lose security if they do not protect themselves against attacks, sabotage and espionage. According to the latest cyber security report by Deutsche Telekom, over one third (36 percent) of German businesses are attacked several times a week or even daily by cybercriminals. By their own account nine out of ten companies have been victims of cyber attacks.

IT security is the greatest challenge facing across-the-board implementation of Industry 4.0. According to the study, almost 90 percent of decision-makers from the political and commercial spheres share this opinion. Global standards and blanket broadband Internet coverage are in second and third place.

According to the Telekom Report carried out by the Allensbach Institute and the Bodman Center for Strategy and Higher Management, 84 percent of management is convinced that the intelligent integration of humans, machines and manufacturing processes will increase the risk of attacks. Slightly over half of companies in the processing industry are already using special IT security concepts to protect their production.

It is interesting to note that only twelve percent of those managers surveyed believe that there is a very great risk of serious damage to their company by a hacker attack. 60 percent of decision-makers think that their IT is "as secured as possible against possible attacks". Apparently the feeling of being threatened correlates very highly to concrete occurrences: "f little damage is done or if no spectacular cases are reported to the public, companies forget about the danger since they remain rather unwilling to deal with the subject of IT security," according to the researchers.

Businesses that take the threat seriously and that want to protect themselves effectively against phishing, botnets, hackers and malware can find the means to do so at the special " Business Security " display at CeBIT 2016. Companies specializing in antivirus systems, e-mail security, cloud & Internet security, and network security are providing information and inviting visitors to take a "security check" in Hall 6.

The Internet of Things is playing a major role at " Business Security " both at the exhibition and during the conference. The " Business Security Forum " organized in association with the publisher SecuMedia will present practical information for comprehensive IT security in business. In addition to IoT, short 20 minute talks will focus on apps, encryption, networks, data protection, industrial IT security, patch management, BYOD, cloud computing, car forensics and firewalls.

At the "CeBIT Security Plaza" co-hosted by Deutsche Messe and heise Events, various big-name exhibitors from the security sector will be presenting new products and services. On stage, experts from some of the biggest players in the industry will uncover potentially catastrophic security loopholes in the SME sector, in online shopping, in the cloud, as a service, and in online banking, and discuss how they can be plugged.