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

Cybersecurity in the industry

Cybersecurity in the industry

Digitalization needs 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 technologies (ICT) have become indispensable in the daily lives of society, business 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. As a result, ICT is on the one hand of central importance to the economy and prosperity in Germany, on the other hand, the widespread use of ICT creates considerable risks for the economy and society. This is especially true if information technology systems, application software or infrastructures are not sufficiently secure. These risks exist for both users and manufacturers of ICT as well as providers of ICT-based services.

With the increasing digitization of society, the threat potential of cyberattacks is growing significantly. In addition to previous attacks, attack scenarios on critical infrastructures and highly scaled attacks on industrial plants come to the fore. Therefore, IT security or cyber security is a cross-cutting and key technology for a functioning modern society and industry.

The rapid changes in information technology today not only affect IT security professionals. Developers, users and testers, as well as executives at a wide range of decision-maker levels, especially in small and medium-sized companies and public authorities, need a wide range of qualifications and a deep understanding of the significance and consequences of IT security problems. The goal is to reduce and safely control potential risks to entrepreneurial activity.

Cybersecurity comes first for gaining digital sovereignty. Therefore, a sufficient number of professionals with a high level of cybersecurity training are required for business and government. Politicians and industry agree that cybersecurity is of central importance.

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