Apr 13, 2021

61% of manufacturers have had a cybersecurity incident

Cybersecurity
SmartFactory
SmartManufacturing
DigitalFactory
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Latest findings from Trend Micro Incorporated reveals that 61% of manufacturers have experienced cybersecurity incidents in their smart factories

Trend Micro Incorporated - a global leader in cybersecurity - has commissioned independent research specialist Vanson Bourne to conduct a survey with 500 IT and OT professionals in the United States, Germany and Japan.

The State of Industrial Cybersecurity: Converging IT and OT with People, Process, and Technology
 

Could lack of IT-OT collaboration be holding back security projects?
 

Findings from the report revealed that 61 per cent of manufacturers have experienced cybersecurity incidents in their smart factories, with 75 per cent suffering systems outages as a result, 43 per cent of which lasted more than four days.

"Manufacturing organisations around the world are doubling down on digital transformation to drive smart factory improvements. The gap in IT and OT cybersecurity awareness creates the imbalance between people, process and technology, and it gives bad guys a chance to attack. That's why Trend Micro has integrated IT and OT intelligence and provides a comprehensive solution from the shop floor to the office. We're helping put visibility and continuous control back in the hands of smart factory owners,” commented Akihiko Omikawa, executive vice president of IoT security for Trend Micro.
 

Key report findings
 

  • Across all three countries technology (78 per cent) was the biggest security challenge, followed by people (68 per cent) and processes (67 per cent)

  • Fewer than half said they were implementing technical measures to improve cybersecurity, with asset visualization (40 per cent) and segmentation (39 per cent) being the least likely to be deployed indicating they are the most challenging to execute

  • Those with a high degree of IT-OT collaboration were more likely to implement technical security measures

  • Comparing those with IT-OT collaboration with those with little to none, 66 per cent of those with are using firewalls (compared to 47 per cent of those without), in addition to 62 per cent of those with are using IPS and 54 per cent are using network segmentation (compared to 46 per cent and 37 per cent of those without respectively)

  • Standards and guidelines were cited as the top drives for enhanced collaboration by 64 percent in the US, 58 per cent in Germany and 57 per cent in Japan

Trend Micro Incorporated recommends a three-step technical approach to securing smart factories: Prevention, Detection and Persistence.

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May 10, 2021

Timeline: Tesla's Construction of Gigafactories

Automotive
Gigafactory
DigitalFactory
Sustainability
Georgia Wilson
3 min
Sustainable Manufacturing | Gigafactory | Electric Vehicles | EVs | Tesla | Smart Manufacturing | Automotive Manufacturing | Technology
A brief timeline of Tesla’s Gigafactory construction progress over the years, furthering its efforts in sustainable energy and electric vehicles...

Tesla's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy

Founded in 2003, Tesla was established by a group of engineers with a drive to "prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars." Almost 20 years on, Tesla today is not only manufacturing all electric vehicles, but scaleable clean energy generation and storage too. 

"Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better," says Tesla. "Electric cars, batteries, and renewable energy generation and storage already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful – that’s the future we want. "

Tesla Gigafactories

In order to deliver on its promise of "accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and energy products," Tesla's Gigafactory journey began in 2014 to meet its produciton goals of 500,000 cars per year (a figure which would require the entire worlds supply of lithium-ion batteries at the time).  

By ramping up its production and bringing it in-house, the cost of Tesla 's battery cells declined "through economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimisation of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof." With this reduction in battery cost, "Tesla can make products available to more and more people, allowing us to make the biggest possible impact on transitioning the world to sustainable energy."

2014: Giga Nevada and Giga New York begin construction

Born out of necessity to meet its own supply demand for sustainable energy, Tesla began the construction of its first Gigafactory in June 2014, in Reno, Nevada, followed by its Buffalo, New York facility the same year. "By bringing cell production in-house, Tesla manufactures batteries at the volumes required to meet production goals, while creating thousands of jobs," said Tesla.

2016: Reno, Nevada grand opening

Tesla’s construction of Giga Nevada came to an end in 2016, the first of its Gigafactories to complete its construction project. The factory’s grand opening took place in July 2016, and by mid-2018 reached an annual battery production rate of 20 GWh, which made it the highest-volume battery plant in the world that year. 

2017: Giga New York begins production

Two years after Tesla’s second Gigafactory began construction, Giga New York was complete, and started its production operations in 2017.

2019: Giga Shanghai construction to production in record time

In 2019, Tesla selected Shanghai as its third Gigafactory location. The company constructed the factory in record time, taking just 168 working days from gaining permits to finishing the plant's construction.

2019: Giga Berlin begins construction

Announced in November 2019, Tesla began the construction of its first European Gigafactory in Berlin. The Gigafactory is still under construction.

2020: Giga Texas begins construction

The following year in August 2020, Tesla began the construction of its Giga Texas factory. The company’s third Gigafactory in the US is still under construction.

2021: Giga Texas and Giga Berlin expected completion of construction

Looking to the future, Tesla expects to complete the construction of its Giga Texas and Giga Berlin factories in May 2021 and July 2021 respectively.

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