Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions: Hybrid Concepts for Industrial Intrusion Detection

Simon Duque Antón, Mathias Strufe, Hans Dieter Schotten

In: ITG-Fachbericht 288. VDE/ITG Fachtagung Mobilkommunikation (MKT-2019) May 15-16 Osnabrück Germany VDE Verlag 5/2019.


The concept of Industry 4.0 brings a disruption into the processing industry. It is characterised by a high degree of intercommunication, embedded computation, resulting in a decentralised and distributed handling of data. Additionally, cloud-storage and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) approaches enhance a centralised storage and handling of data. This often takes place in third-party networks. Furthermore, Industry 4.0 is driven by novel business cases. Lot sizes of one, customer individual production, observation of process state and progress in real-time and remote maintenance, just to name a few. All of these new business cases make use of the novel technologies. However, cyber security has not been an issue in industry. Industrial networks have been considered physically separated from public networks. Additionally, the high level of uniqueness of any industrial network was said to prevent attackers from exploiting flaws. Those assumptions are inherently broken by the concept of Industry 4.0. As a result, an abundance of attack vectors is created. In the past, attackers have used those attack vectors in spectacular fashions. Especially Small and Mediumsized Enterprises (SMEs) in Germany struggle to adapt to these challenges. Reasons are the cost required for technical solutions and security professionals. In order to enable SMEs to cope with the growing threat in the cyberspace, the research project IUNO Insec aims at providing and improving security solutions that can be used without specialised security knowledge. The project IUNO Insec is briefly introduced in this work. Furthermore, contributions in the field of intrusion detection, especially machine learning-based solutions, for industrial environments provided by the authors are presented and set into context.


German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz