Thilo Sauter

Vienna University of Technology and University for Continuing Education Krems

IoT Concepts in Automation Systems and their Impact on Security

Today, IoT devices are ubiquitous. Being cost effective and easy to deploy, they are being considered for many applications outside their original domain, which was consumer electronics. Factory and process automation, smart buildings and homes, and in general Industry 4.0 are application fields is which the use of IoT technology is gaining popularity, often in addition to existing, classical communication architectures on the operational technology (OT) level. IoT devices, however, typically have a different philosophy for communication and data exchange than traditional OT systems, such as cloud applications in the background. This makes IoT easy to use for end customers, but poses security challenges by bypassing established security architectures like the classical defense-in-depth concept defined, for instance, in IEC 62443. The talk will highlight today’s security needs and concepts of industrial applications demonstrated by typical examples. Furthermore we will look at possible new attack surfaces opened by IoT applications and show pathways how to bridge the gap between open IoT concepts and traditionally closed industrial approaches.

Thilo Sauter received the Dipl.-Ing. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, in 1992 and 1999, respectively. Until 2003, he led the Factory Communications Group at the Institute of Computer Technology. From 2004 to 2013, he was the Founding Director of the Institute for Integrated Sensor Systems at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Since 2013, he has been with the Department of Integrated Sensor Systems at the Danube University Krems, Austria, and a tenured Associate Professor for automation technology at TU Wien since 2014. His expertise and research interests include embedded systems and integrated circuit design, smart sensors, and automation and sensor networks with a focus on real-time, security, interconnection, and integration issues relevant to cyberphysical systems and the Internet of Things in various application domains such as industrial and building automation, smart manufacturing, or smart grids. He is author of more than 400 scientific publications and has held leading positions in renowned IEEE conferences.

Dr. Sauter is the Vice President of the Austrian Association for Instrumentation, Automation, and Robotics, member of the Board of the Austrian Electrotechnical Association, Senior AdCom Member of the IES, and Treasurer of the IEEE Austria Section. He is currently Vice-President for Publications of the IES and past Editor-in-Chief of Industrial Electronics Magazine. He is an IEEE Fellow and has been involved in the standardization of industrial communication systems for more than 25 years.

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