Old Factory Machines are the Weakest Links

 In Cyber Security, IT Planning, Prescient News

Matt Szeghy, sales director at Prescient Solutions, was featured last week in Crain’s “Hacking the internet of really, really big things.” The article discussed the vulnerabilities of IoT, highlighting hacking horror stories and how companies planned to fight back.

Szeghy contributes by pointing out the issues with securing old factory machines, saying:

There’s no way to install a firewall or anti-virus software on a machine. Like printers or copiers in an office, industrial equipment becomes the weakest link in a network to be exploited by probing malware.”

He then continues:

It’s a big computer, and what people are doing . . . is they’re just plugging the machine in there and letting it do its job. There’s a level of configuration that needs to be done so that things are not at risk.”

Addressing the insecurity of machinery is a difficult task, particularly when machine technology is outdated. Learn more about this and more in “Hacking the internet of really, really big things.”

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