We are closer to digitalization, that is undeniable. This is what large companies have been looking for years ago, when people were just beginning to talk about the Internet of Things, the concept of a cloud that stores our data and industry 4.0.
Now that we are there, the speed with which our actions and movements move on the Internet seem to be having consequences on the security of our data, but above all on the continuity of company operations. This has made large companies look towards new technologies even if it is not their main area, due to the importance of security for all industries.
According to the report The new reality of cybersecurity in Mexico by Oxford Business Group, in the country there is a cybersecurity vulnerability of more than 80% in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food, steel, transportation, oil and gas industries.
In this sense, Schneider Electric has promoted efforts that go beyond the electrical industry and takes a leap into the technology industry with the CyberDay 2023 event, held on November 22 at the Los Candiles Polanco hall in Mexico City, where He spoke about the digital transformation of industries, cybersecurity and new trends related to advances in artificial intelligence.
“Without a doubt, digital transformation and, specifically, Industry 4.0, is one of the greatest technological advances of the times in which we live,” says Samuel Aceves, cybersecurity leader at Schneider Electric in Mexico, referring to the so-called fourth industrial revolution that It involves the advanced use of technologies and automated processes thanks to digitalization. “With the increasingly accelerated use of technologies such as the cloud or artificial intelligence, we have achieved outstanding visibility of digital environments and this has allowed all industries to make informed and intelligent business decisions.”
This digitalization of processes has brought benefits, but also a challenge to process security. “As we advance exponentially with increasingly connected devices, an important challenge also arises, and that is that each of those devices that are connected to the “internet of things” (IoT) or to the cloud, it also becomes an increasingly larger contact surface that could become the ideal target for a high-level cyber attack,” explains Aceves.
According to the specialist, more than 7,000 cyber attacks occur every day in the world. Furthermore, he pointed out that an attack of the type ransomware, that hijacks information capable of paralyzing the operation of any company, has an average cost of 4.2 million dollars per event. At CyberDay 2023, Aceves led the panel “Consulting and design: solid foundations for a successful digital transformation”, where he taught how Schneider Electric guides companies to begin their journey through digital transformation, evaluating the client’s initial state in order to design digital strategies and tools tailored to the needs of each sector.
On the path to digitalization, Schneider Electric also suggests that the energies used have a great impact on the environment. In this sense, CyberDay 2023 also delved into EcoStruxure, a digital platform focused on companies that combines operational technology (OT) solutions with information technology (IT) and that supports companies to achieve maximum energy efficiency and The sustainability.
The EcoStruxure platform seeks to offer greater security, reliability, efficiency, sustainability and, above all, connectivity in homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries that seek to digitalize their processes safely.
Another tool that Schneider Electric offers to clients seeking the digitalization of their processes is Ecofit, a “circularity and reparability” program that seeks to address the problem of planned equipment obsolescence, modernizing electrical, power, cooling and cooling systems. automation to keep processes adhered to environmental guidelines and thus have up to 90% savings.
Digital solutions are within reach and are increasingly adapting to the needs of companies, both in tools that help strengthen the security of their processes, but also suggest savings in maintenance costs. “All industries are moving rapidly toward digital transformation and we do so because we find multiple benefits when adopting these technologies. Nobody would do it if it did not represent added business value,” says Schneider Electric’s cybersecurity leader in Mexico, Samuel Aceves.
For more information about the digitalization of companies, visit the official page of Schneider Electric in Mexico.