NEEDHAM, Mass.—The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™) recently published its Data Protection Best Practices White Paper, which describes best practices that can be applied to protect various types of IIoT (industrial internet of things) data and systems.

The 33-page paper is designed for stakeholders involved in cybersecurity, privacy, and IIoT trustworthiness. It covers multiple adjacent and overlapping data protection domains, including data security, data integrity, data privacy, and data residency, the IIC said in a press release.

Failure to apply appropriate data protection measures to IIoT systems can lead to serious consequences, such as service disruptions that affect the bottom-line, serious industrial accidents, and data leaks that can result in significant losses, heavy regulatory fines, loss of IP, and negative impact on brand reputation.

“Protecting IIoT data during the lifecycle of systems is one of the critical foundations of trustworthy systems,” said Bassam Zarkout, executive vice president, IGnPower, and one of the paper’s authors, in the release. “To be trustworthy, a system and its characteristics, namely security, safety, reliability, resiliency, and privacy, must operate in conformance with business and legal requirements. Data protection is a key enabler for compliance with these requirements, especially when facing environmental disturbances, human errors, system faults, and attacks.”

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