The Internet of Things (IoT) offers a lot of promise for industrial control system (ICS) applications, but not without risks that must be considered. In recognition of these risks and the need to offer the industry and the U.S. government safer solutions, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently awarded UL a grant for cybersecurity testing of IoT gateways for ICS applications to help mitigatesecurity risks.

IoT gateways are in demand as a result of the invaluable use of data from ICS, shared processing resources, and real time monitoring, but connecting these systems with the internet opens them up to cyber risks. UL’s DARPA grant will allow us to identify the main areas of an industrial IoT gateway affecting the cybersecurity of an ICS as well as the data that traverses the gateway outside the ICS system. This research will help us develop a test methodology and a security profile, allowing us to offer guidance regarding designing, building, testing, and procuring secure IoT embedded control gateways.

To learn more about this grant and how it will help manufacturers increase security, as well as help asset owners manage risk, unplanned downtime and reduce costly harm to assets, click here.