Device Security for the IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is driving investment in new technology and manufacturing methodologies as companies rush to capitalize on a predicted 14 trillion dollar economic gain. A wave of new connected devices is the result, many of which are small endpoint devices running real-time operating systems. These systems often perform critical functions in our factories, electric grid, transportation infrastructure and other essential elements of modern society. The viability of the IIoT therefore depends on the security of the endpoints, the network and all of its subsystems. Unfortunately though, traditional security solutions do not scale down to support the RTOS-based devices that make up the bulk of the IIoT. New solutions and approaches are required.

This paper describes security requirements for IIoT devices and details solutions available today for securing these devices.