Industrial robots are improving in terms of capability and performance, and their use across manufacturing and associated in – dustries where fast, accurate and repetitive work is required is growing fast.
The need for safety in such systems has been recognised for many years, and the increasing proximity of collaborati – ve robots with human workers continues the need for safe working practices. As industrial robots become smarter, better connected and linked to the internet there are now increased risks from cyber security related threats that can undermine the safe use and deployment of robots, lead to intellectual property loss, production delays and possibly effect physical damage. The good news is that with an appropriate cyber security risk review, followed by product testing and the imple – mentation of proportionate controls an organisation can be assured their industrial robots are operating in a safe and secure way
This paper discusses the cyber security aspects of industrial robots and provides a way forward for manu- facturers, system implementers and operators. It will bring together best practices from other industries and the broad experience from across TÜV Rheinland