Crosser, creator of a market leading low-code platform for stream analytics for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and Cysec software maker of a container specific hardened operating system Arca Trusted OS, have announced their collaboration to deliver a secured NIST 800-190 based recommendations and Zero Trust approach IIoT data analytics edge platform.
With the rise of advanced technology such as the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies, manufacturing companies can easily optimize production, performance, profitability and reduce waste. From a highly accurate and standardized stream of data, extracting insights for shop floor equipment, workforce, inventory, supply chain and product quality leads to right decisions.
Meanwhile the promise is huge, manufacturers are facing relevant challenges to deploy such advanced solutions. Due to a huge labor gap in the market, manufacturers face the rut of aging manual workforce and operating on a limited budget. Their production floor environment is based on a patchwork of technologies that were not designed to talk to each other and within common security standards. This results in an unorganized data storage and data policy management. Without straightforward data collection and monitoring solutions, manufacturers have no visibility or control over machine downtime, maintenance schedules, scrap, and performance to production tracking.
In an even more interconnected world, the manufacturing industry has no choice but to utilize internet connectivity in a variety of ways from which part of their legacy technologies were unprepared to handle the security challenges that come with having so many vulnerable endpoints. Also, the idea that the manufacturing industry didn’t have much to offer threat actors is not true. In fact, companies within the industry have a vast amount of information that attackers are just waiting to use as extortion.
Indeed, according to IBM Security X-Force 2022 report, manufacturing replaced financial services as the top attacked industry in 2021, representing 23.2% of the attacks X-Force remediated last year. Ransomware was the top attack type, accounting for 23% of attacks on manufacturing companies. Supply chain attack, Intellectual Properties theft or commercial information held to ransom are some of the few cyberthreat targets manufacturers are facing.
Crosser and Cysec have come together to facilitate the collection of sensor & machine data from all assets and their analysis leveraging a simple straightforward secured platform. By combining Crosser streaming analytics platform with Cysec Arca Trusted OS container specific hardened operating system, both companies aim to deliver a secured NIST 800-190 based recommendations and Zero Trust approach IIoT data analytics edge platform (see figure below).