February 2022

Trends and Resources

Business Trends: Protecting OT environments against targeted cyber attacks

Digitalization and Industry 4.0 initiatives require tight integration between complex, heterogeneous and highly complex industrial control systems (ICS) and enterprise information technology (IT).

Ajayi, V., Ernst & Young; Carroll, M., Georgia Pacific; Chevis, M., Guffman Ventures; Gil-Ortega, A. V., Fortinet; Habibi, E., PAS Global; Klotz, T., Covanta; Laas, J., Wilcox, S., PNM Resources

Digitalization and Industry 4.0 initiatives require tight integration between complex, heterogeneous and highly complex industrial control systems (ICS) and enterprise information technology (IT). However, the very components that enable digitalization—sensors, connectivity and smart applications—also increase risk. Digitalization enhances efficiency, improves safety and optimizes production, but it also creates more opportunities for bad actors to penetrate operational technology (OT) environments and to wreak havoc. To secure industrial facilities and ensure safe, reliable production, OT and IT security—traditionally two separate disciplines with different priorities—must merge to share c

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