Ross Wilks, Head of Marketing Communications, Vanderbilt
The obvious place to start is by choosing equipment from reliable suppliers with a knowledge of integration and who are focused on protecting people, assets and data. When an integrated system is designed to protect against cyberattacks, an organisation will be in a better place.
Vulnerabilities must be addressed long after the product is released. Manufacturers must create firmware updates to keep products prepared to resist the latest critical bugs.
Vulnerability testing puts products through their paces, and once weaknesses are exposed, they can be patched, and the cycle of attack-and-defence takes place again until a watertight product is in place and ready for market.
Any security breach could lead to a devastating loss in customer confidence and therefore revenue. Testing is the critical discipline helping identify where corrective measures need to be taken to rectify gaps in security. The more extensive an organisation’s security testing, the better its chances of succeeding in an increasingly volatile technology landscape.
A final note to consider is that by encrypting any data before sharing it between systems and interfaces adds an extra layer of control and power.
Encryption not only provides an added element to the defensive structure around a company’s information, but it also adds peace of mind to the equation when relaying critical data within the integrated solution.