Cybersecurity @ ARC EIF 2022

By Constanze Schmitz

Technology Trends

ARC’s European Industry Forum is part of our successful series of worldwide conferences in the USA, India, China, and Japan. The next European Forum will take place May 17 - 18, 2022 as a virtual event and focus on “Accelerating Industrial Digital Transformation and Sustainability”. Participants are invited to attend exclusive presentations and workshops on strategies and case studies from the digital front lines.

ARC industry analysts and other automation experts from the end-user and supplier communities will analyze and discuss trends and drivers for the most current topics. One of the tracks will cover Automation Innovations, including 5G, Edge, Future Architectures, IoT Platforms, and Networks.

Cybersecurity for the Connected Industrial World

Challenges continue to grow for people responsible for the cybersecurity and safety of operational technology. Broad OT deployments are expanding the use cases requiring protection. Resource shortages and siloed efforts are undermining the effectiveness of established defenses. Blurring boundaries between IT, OT and IoT are increasing the need for more integrated, collaborative cybersecurity strategies.

Attacks on protective equipment have raised the urgency of close coordination between cybersecurity and safety efforts. 

Industrial plants and infrastructure systems need secure control systems to ensure safe, reliable operation. But they remain at risk of cybersecurity attacks. Many organizations lack the internal resources and expertise to sustain defenses, and safe, secure methods for external support. Growing use of cloud-based solutions are undermining the ability of in-house teams to govern security practices. Deployments of IIoT strategies are proceeding without solutions for critical issues, like secure devices and vendor support. Segregating cybersecurity responsibilities by technology is no longer a sustainable approach. Organizations need integrated strategies that combine IT, OT and IoT security.

Industrial Digital Transformation

Safety is a major concern in the design of every OT system, and today this needs to consider cybersecurity. Redundancy and protective devices used to address conventional risks are already being targeted by cyber-attacks. Managing these additional safety risks requires close coordination between safety and cybersecurity efforts.  

The Cybersecurity and Safety Forum program explores these issues through informative workshops, panel discussions and case study presentations. It is the ideal venue to learn what others are doing, how they are doing it, and the benefits they are achieving. Attendees also have ample opportunities to discuss their unique challenges with peers, researchers, educators, and service and solution providers.

ARC’s European Industry Forum

Join ARC’s European Industry Forum to learn more about how transforming factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike. Discover what your peers and industry leaders are doing today and what steps they are taking to prepare for the future.

The event is currently planned as a virtual event. ARC will observe the development of the pandemic and will communicate any change in format. For more information about attending, speaking, and sponsoring, please contact Mario Backus (


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