Industry Overview

Following the advent of the steam engine, the harnessing of electricity, the birth of mass production and the computer transformation; many now claim we have entered a fourth industrial revolution.

Sometimes referred to as industrial internet of things, Industry 4.0 is set to revolutionize the future of manufacturing.

Centered around the growing use of cyber-physical systems, the internet of things (IoT), cloud computing and cognitive computing, and the potential to connect the entire value chain, Industry 4.0 presents a range of opportunities and challenges for businesses.

Industry 4.0 brings greater harmonization between machinery, computers and automation, as is the case when robotic systems are remotely connected to computer systems. This allows machines to learn algorithms, which will in-turn control robotics. We’ve had smartphones, smart motorways; now it’s the turn of smart factories.

A leading benefit of Industry 4.0 is the increase in efficiency and agility of production, enabling businesses to optimize production operations and more competitively interact with the international business world.

Connecting and automating processes across an organization’s entire value chain can be problematic, however.

Industry 4.0 calls for higher levels of security, since bringing previously closed networks online through IoT gateways creates new potential points of entry for attackers. Also, if security is not foundational, seemingly innocuous devices within manufacturing facilities – like lighting, sensors and cameras – can become platforms for attacks.

In the Industry 4.0 world, sensitive information needs to be transferred between devices, but this must be done in a secure way. As many older machines within the ecosystem will need to be retroactively web-enabled, and devices need remote management and remote update mechanisms, additional challenges become apparent.

In this open environment, device manufacturers providing value added equipment must also take care of their intellectual property – such as the code underpinning a device. To reduce copyright infringements, a device must include a security framework which can build a Chain of Trust to create a layered security approach.

GlobalPlatform Technology

GlobalPlatform has a proven track record in providing security for new use cases across several sectors.

With its wealth of experience in securing and certifying devices in the manufacturing ecosystem – and the data exchanged among them – in telecommunication, payment and government applications, GlobalPlatform is perfectly placed to bring trust to Industry 4.0.

Thanks to the expertise of its members, GlobalPlatform’s Specifications,  and certification program,  help to create the environment for interoperability between stakeholders. This is key to the long-term success of the ecosystem as a whole.

Developments to support the growth of Industry 4.0 include:

  • Trusted Execution Environment Management Framework Configurations – developed to simplify and expedite the implementation of TMF for single purpose IoT devices and rich-featured IoT devices.
  • GlobalPlatform Compact IoT SE Configuration answers IoT-specific market requirements by giving service providers and device manufacturers the means to interact seamlessly when deploying secure digital services across constrained IoT devices.
  • Device Trust Architecture – a security framework that demonstrates how GlobalPlatform’s standardized secure component technology can be used to build a Chain of Trust to protect devices and digital services.

Industry Partner Comments

GlobalPlatform has a proven track record in providing security for new applications across several segments. Moving now into the IoT space, GlobalPlatform has already demonstrated its ability to create substantial business opportunities for its members and industry partners.

Thanks to the great expertise of its members, the resulting specifications are proving extremely relevant to the verticals that it serves. The sophisticated and exceptional GlobalPlatform certification program is helping to create interoperability between parties using GlobalPlatform standards. This is key to the long-term success of the ecosystem as a whole. We are sure that GlobalPlatform’s engagement in the Industry 4.0 space will create the robust, pervasive industry standards the entire ecosystem requires.

- Daniel Huebner, Manager Technical Marketing, Infineon Technologies
Infineon Technologies Daniel Huebner, Manager Technical Marketing

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