Managing the Risk of IT-OT Convergence


Why manufacturing and logistics are especially challenged.

A few years ago, it wasn’t easy getting executives on board with the concept of operational technology (OT) security. Having finally come around to acknowledging the need for information technology (IT) security, boards and C-suite executives at industrial enterprises were then faced with the proposition of having to protect their industrial control systems. In the absence of tangible risk, many business leaders viewed this new phenomenon as a marketing ploy designed to bulge budgets with fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

Fast forward to today, when the conversation is not about whether or not to focus on OT security, but how? The experiences of WannaCry and NotPetya filled the void of tangible risk with dollar figures, downtime and derogatory headlines. Suddenly, the story was clear: the convergence of IT and OT has subjected operational environments to risks that were previously limited to business networks.

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Source: ThreatPost