Honeywell survey: Low adoption of industrial cyber security measures

Houston, TX-based Honeywell recently released a study showing industrial companies are moving slowly to adopt cyber security measures to protect their data and operations, even as attacks have increased around the globe.

The survey – Putting Industrial Cyber Security at the Top of the CEO Agenda – was done 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 practices. Among the findings were:

• Over half the 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, VP and GM, 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 three immediate actions for any industrial organization to capture the value of the new technologies:

1. Making industrial cyber security part of digital transformation strategies;

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.

Honeywell says its industrial cyber security technologies and expertise address many of the issues identified in the LNS Research study.

For more information: www.becybersecure. com

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