Analyzing the attack surface and threats of industrial Internet of Things devices

Simon Liebl*, Leah Lathrop, Ulrich Raithel*, Andreas Aßmuth, Ian Ferguson, Matthias Söllner

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The growing connectivity of industrial devices as a result of the Internet of Things is increasing the risks to Industrial Control Systems. Since attacks on such devices can also cause damage to people and machines, they must be properly secured. Therefore, a threat analysis is required in order to identify weaknesses and thus mitigate the risk. In this paper, we present a systematic and holistic procedure for analyzing the attack surface and threats of Industrial Internet of Things devices. Our approach is to consider all components including hardware, software and data, assets, threats and attacks throughout the entire product life cycle.
Original languageEnglish
Article number54019
Pages (from-to)59-70
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal On Advances in Security
Issue number1&2
Early online date31 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2021


  • Threat analysis
  • Attack surface
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Cloud


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