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Survey reveals industrial firms lack cyber-security tools.

A study released recently by Honeywell has revealed that industrial companies are not moving quickly to adopt cyber-security measures to protect their data and operations.

Based on a survey that polled 130 strategic decision-makers from industrial companies, research for the Putting Industrial Cyber Security at the Top of the CEO Agenda report was conducted by LNS Research and sponsored by Honeywell.

Commenting on the study's findings, Safdar Akhtar, business development director for industrial cyber security at Honeywell Process Solutions's (HPS) EMEA operation, said: "Decision-makers are more aware of threats and some progress has been made to address them, but this report reinforces that cyber-security fundamentals haven't been adopted by a significant portion of the industrial community.

"In order to take advantage of the tremendous benefits of industrial digital transformation and industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), companies must improve their cyber-security defenses and adapt to the heightened threat landscape now."

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The survey revealed that more than half of respondents reported working in an industrial facility that already has had a cyber-security breach, and that only 37% are monitoring for suspicious behaviour.

Matthew Littlefield, president and principal analyst, LNS Research, said: "Cyber-security needs to be part of every leader's agenda to ensure the effective, immediate and long-term deployment of strategies and technologies such as IIoT.

"In order for a business to succeed on its digital transformation journey, it needs to succeed with industrial cyber-security."

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