Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB
Industrial Automation Branch

Cybersecurity in the industry

Cybersecurity in the industry

Digitalization requires IT-security competence in the middle class.

The digital transformation of all areas of life and work increases the demands on the security of the systems and requires a deeper understanding of the interaction of networked devices and systems by operators and users.

Today, information and communication about technologies (ICT) have become indispensable in the daily lives of societies, businesses and government. The use of ICT is a key factor in the competitiveness of businesses in virtually all sectors of the economy. ICT penetrates cross-industry value chains and has become one of the most important drivers of innovation. On one hand, ICT is of central importance to the economy and prosperity of Germany, but on the other hand, the widespread use of ICT creates considerable risks for the economy and society. These risks are especially present if information technology systems, application software, or infrastructures are not sufficiently secure. Users and manufacturers of ICT, as well as providers of ICT-based services are all exposed to these risks. 

With the increasing digitization of things throughout society, the threat of potential cyberattacks is growing with it. In addition to previous attacks, attack schemes on critical infrastructures and highly scaled attacks on industrial plants come to the fore. This demonstrates the importance of IT security, and proves that it is a cross-cutting and key technology for a functioning modern society and industry. 

With the rapid changes in infortmation technology today, many beyond IT security professionals are affected. Among those affected are developers, users and testers, executives across all decision-making levels, especially those in small and medium-sized companies, as well as public authorities.

It is clear that cybersecurity is of central importance, and that it needs to be given the highest priority in order to gain digital sovereignty. To do this, a sufficient number of professionals with a high level of cybersecurity training are required for businesses and governments. 

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