Always-on Internet-connected devices [the so-called Internet of Things (IoT)] have become common tools deployed throughout the cement industry. As plant managers employ more automation technologies, the implementation of more connected devices can lead to information security and personnel safety concerns. IoT devices provide significant value in cost reduction, increased efficiency, and greater visibility for all aspects of the business. Along with the benefits of the IoT infrastructure, there are significant security concerns and challenges present in the deployment of this new technology. Recent implementations of IoT devices have shown a significant gap between actual application and best practices, exposing an organization to risks such as sensitive data exfiltration, malicious attackers, and potential safety issues (including the loss of life). An awareness of these concerns and challenges provides guidance to plant managers for mitigating the security weaknesses contained within connected devices while still reaping the benefits of the IoT infrastructure.
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