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Architecting the Industrial Internet

By : Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Varan Nath, Carla Romano
Book Image

Architecting the Industrial Internet

By: Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Varan Nath, Carla Romano

Overview of this book

The Industrial Internet or the IIoT has gained a lot of traction. Many leading companies are driving this revolution by connecting smart edge devices to cloud-based analysis platforms and solving their business challenges in new ways. To ensure a smooth integration of such machines and devices, sound architecture strategies based on accepted principles, best practices, and lessons learned must be applied. This book begins by providing a bird's eye view of what the IIoT is and how the industrial revolution has evolved into embracing this technology. It then describes architectural approaches for success, gathering business requirements, and mapping requirements into functional solutions. In a later chapter, many other potential use cases are introduced including those in manufacturing and specific examples in predictive maintenance, asset tracking and handling, and environmental impact and abatement. The book concludes by exploring evolving technologies that will impact IIoT architecture in the future and discusses possible societal implications of the Industrial Internet and perceptions regarding these projects. By the end of this book, you will be better equipped to embrace the benefits of the burgeoning IIoT.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

Risk assessments and best security practices

A secure IIoT deployment strategy begins with architecture planning. As a design comes together, an evaluation of the proposed components' capabilities for supporting authentication and authorization capabilities, encryption of data, and configurability of software and firmware should begin. Proposed interfaces, such as those to be provided by the network, edge devices, and gateways, as well as user access, are also evaluated.

As the design nears completion, many choose to perform a risk assessment, identifying potential threats to the planned IIoT implementation and their consequences. Threats can come in many ways including through physical attacks, network attacks, attacks on software, attacks on operators, and attacks on the IIoT supply chain itself. The assessment is used to understand both classic information system risks and the physical consequences of errors and attacks.

The Center for Internet Security, a non-profit organization consisting...