A new ISO technical report (TR) aims to help manufacturers prepare for and mitigate the risk of cyber-attacks in smart manufacturing.
Smart manufacturing takes advantage of Internet and digital technology to allow for seamless production and integration across the entire value chain. It also allows parameters, such as speed, force and temperature, to be controlled remotely. The benefits of smart manufacturing include the ability to track performance, usage, and efficiency. However, it also exacerbates the risk of IT security threats.
ISO/TR 22100-4, Safety of machinery – Relationship with ISO 12100 – Part 4: Guidance to machinery manufacturers for consideration of related IT-security (cyber security) aspects, is designed to help machinery manufacturers to identify and address IT security threats that can impact on the safety of their product.
Otto Görnemann, Chair of the ISO technical committee who created the TR, said ISO/TR 22100-4 will help machine manufacturers integrate the relationship between cybersecurity and machine safety.
“It will thus cover aspects such as the types of components that could be potential targets for cybersecurity attacks, the design of the machine to minimize vulnerability to such attacks, and information for the machine operator on possible threats,” Görnemann said.
The TR complements ISO’s flagship standard for machine safety, ISO 12100, Safety of machinery – General principles for design – Risk assessment and risk reduction, which establishes the fundamentals for risk assessment, hazard analysis, and documentational requirements.