Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) systems have remained disconnected for decades, but the industrial world is facing changes, and the expression “black box factories” is no longer the norm. Industry is going digital, and seeing the arrival of IT technical components within its own information systems, as well as interconnections with traditional IT networks themselves connected to the Internet.

These changes mean faster performance, improved traceability and better quality management. But they also mean greater exposure of IoT systems to cyber threats, new vulnerabilities and critical impacts on production systems.

Types of threats

Case n°1

Theft of manufacturing secrets by a competitor company

A company can receive an e-mail with a malicious attachment that is opened by employees. A file is executed and the third-party entity can access and capture the company’s data. Their sensitive information is stolen and the competing company gains years of R&D. The company is stuck in its production, loses its market share and its turnover falls.

Case n°2

Mail sent to employees containing a ransomware file

A company receives a malicious file containing a ransomware program such as Petya, Bad Rabbit or WannaCry. Mail spoofs are sent to the financial department or internal communication department. Employees open the file and the execution of the program encrypts computer data. The company suffers heavy consequences, computer data is unreadable, production is stopped for several weeks and results in a significant loss of turnover.

Case n°3

Infected USB flash drive

A subcontractor connects an infected USB key in a company’s facility, causing a breakdown of the product line, resulting in a quality change in the industrial process or a material failure. This intrusion causes several weeks of production shutdown, a penalty payment to customers because delivery times are not respected, a loss of markets and a consequent drop in in the company’s turnover.

TEHTRIS protects the industry sector

The TEHTRIS XDR Platform protects the entire industrial chain (Windows XP, etc.). With our products, an attacker can be detected and stopped before data extraction and modification of production PLCs begins. This means detecting the new binary before it is executed in the case of a known threat or as soon as it is executed in the case of an unknown threat and stopping it at its first symptoms. This is the same mechanism as the Smart Sensors of the OT world with an automatic decision-making process to hold production despite a cybersecurity incident.

The TEHTRIS XDR Platform facilitates the exchange of information between IT/OT actors and offers a unique, consolidated and available solution that allows you to know, protect, detect and react against threats to information systems.