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CyberSecurity4.0 : Strategic and case-specific Cyber-Security - for Industry 4.0 in SMEs (CyberSecurity4.0)

Cybersecurity 4.0 targets SME manufacturers and their production technology and cybersecurity technology providers. Industry 4.0 spurs a rapid digitization of the manufacturing industry. However, the connected data-driven production systems cause the exponential growth of the exposed legacy connection points and sensitive data exchange. Today, manufacturing SMEs and their suppliers in-sufficiently mitigate these cybersecurity risks due to the lack of accessible knowledge and solutions tailored to their needs. This leads to a greater impact of cybersecurity incidents and data breaches. Drastic increase in organized cybercrime brings entire production lines to a long standstill. In a con-nected digitized world, cybersecurity is not an option but a critical factor for business continuity and reputation.
CyberSecurity4.0 develops an SME-oriented cybersecurity framework, tools, guidelines and learning environment specific for Industry 4.0. This enables SMEs to address actionable cybersecurity for their connected production systems and Industry 4.0 applications. The project focuses on the most vulnerable and least addressed domains of cybersecurity for Industry4.0: operation technology, sup-ply chain and data exchange. The results contribute to the strategic cybersecurity plans in Flanders and Germany by supporting the security awareness, strategy and implementation with a solution that can be tailored to the specific situation of an SME.
Active dissemination and open access to the framework, demonstrator and learning environment will contribute to raising cybersecurity awareness and culture. Implementation of the framework provides actionable and attainable cybersecurity guidelines for manufacturing SMEs. It helps to avoid and reduce the negative impact of cyberattacks and data breaches, comply with cybersecurity requirements and increase trust of partners. Thus, relevant cybersecurity enables SMEs to achieve productivity increases based on Industry 4.0 transformation. Finally, CyberSecurity4.0 aims at facili-tating the partnership between manufacturing SMEs and providers of cybersecurity technology and services. The latter benefit from integrating the guidelines and solutions in their service portfolio and open-up new or extend markets in manufacturing.
Sirris, FIR at RWTH Aachen, IDA FH Aachen and Howest join forces for CyberSecurity4.0 and bring in complementary skills to develop the applicable cybersecurity solutions for SMEs. The partners col-laborate with an active user committee, which combines all stakeholders: manufacturing companies, production technology providers (equipment manufacturers and integrators) and cybersecurity technology providers (32 companies).
Date:1 Nov 2021 →  Today
Keywords:cybersecurity, Industry 4.0, digitalisation, connectivity
Disciplines:Other computer engineering, information technology and mathematical engineering not elsewhere classified
Results:Following project results contribute to integral case-specific cybersecurity framework for manufac-turing SME:● Industry-4.0 cybersecurity maturity model, linked to the Acatech “Industrie 4.0 Maturity Index”.● Framework of technical solutions and practical guidelines to reach cybersecurity targets● Modular cybersecurity demonstrator integrating representative use-cases of connected produc-tion environment and simulated attack scenarios.● Web-platform for cybersecurity guidance, planning, reporting and AI-based risk analysis● Learning environment including gamification approach to threat modelling tailored to the needs of manufacturing SMEs.