Industrial IIoT Conference & Exhibition was organized during the period 11-12 December in King Abdullah Cultural Center in Jubail Industrial City, was concluded with the attendance of a large number of technical experts, stakeholders and officials from industrial companies in Jubail.
The second day of the conference began with the fourth session that reviewed many working papers. For a start, chief technical lead at Trend Micro Mr. Hussam Abu-Rida dealt with the subject of securing the Process of Internet of Things and their compatibility with the vision of the Kingdom 2030.
In the session, he referred to the main risks and threats facing the industrial companies including the basic technical resolutions taken for protecting the systems. He, also, said: “In the past years, many of the risks that have affected the industrial sectors have been discovered, with a significant increase in corrupted technical activities and viruses especially in 2017 / 2018. Moreover, a large number of factories in Europe faced viral attacks that negatively affected the production lines and led to the closure of some factories”.
Mr. Hussam Abu-Rida mentioned that the lack of installing security software programs in the devices leads to facilitate the damage of some companies’ systems and there are other reasons why employees in some companies believe that the environment and their devices, as well, are safe and secure even when they are not connected. However, this false belief shall not help in securing the systems, as he expressed, even if the devices are offline. Yet, he revealed that there are other reasons in which some factories and companies use old and non-updated devices that can be attacked by cyber spasms.
He, also, stressed on the importance of the continuation of companies and factories in developing technical solutions to protect their systems from any risks and cyber threats. He indicated that the statistics show that a large number of factories and facilities around the world were affected by the virus attacks, based on a study of a large sample of factories in Japan which revealed that 40% of them were damaged leading half of them to stop production.
Last but not the least, Mr. Abu-Rida praised the security measures taken by the factories and companies in the Kingdom to protect their networks after being subjected to electronic attacks earlier, stressing that the security of information in the Kingdom is witnessing a great development, especially in industrial establishments, as a result of the leadership's interest in this regard at all levels.
On his part, Director of Infrastructure Design and Standards for Global Information Security at SABIC, Mr. Majed Al Shehri spoke about the Internet platform for establishing organizations, and various market options such as networks, infrastructure, programming languages and data processing. He, additionally, explained that most of the big companies have a trend in 2018 including the next four years to the Internet of Things considering it as the most important event in the world.
The Director General of the Innovation Center for the fourth industry in King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, Mr. Ayman A. Alrumaih, dealt with the Internet of Things and data analysis of the future plant, including the theoretical examination stage, the theoretical examination stage by the machines, the real time sensor in the actual screen of the machine and the operator on the machine to decide the maintenance process with the method to take the information remotely, and give the actual time for decision including the decision determined by the machine.
During his participation in the last session of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Mr. Pattabhiraman Ganesh from Planet Web Solutions, highlighted the challenges, risks and related opportunities. He reviewed the statistics they conducted on the employees of IT departments in a number of companies showing that 80% of them were dissatisfied with the lack of cooperation between specialists and leaders on the technical level.
Moreover, he reviewed the benefits that can be gained by activating the Internet of Things in the industrial field, including saving time and effort, improving operations and enhancing safety by reducing visits to dangerous sites.
It’s worth mentioning that the Jubail Industrial Internet Conference highlighted, in 6 sessions and 27 working papers, the challenges associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the method of benefitting from its pioneering experiences, as well as addressing the threats of cyber security from the Industrial Internet of Things and their solutions.