What is the value in securing an organisation's operational technology (OT)?
The ideal, resilient critical operational environment balances uptime, safety, data loss prevention & security in the face of cyber attacks.
Digitalisation in the industrial sector is transforming operational effectiveness and its risk landscape. Operators need to strengthen their OT security capabilities to enhance resilience. Through a programmatic approach, deploying robust OT security in their ecosystem can protect their assets and data and prevent escalating crises.
Achieving OT security requires not just deploying technologies but also aligning teams and processes. Differing priorities between OT and IT security are common, and new stakeholders from Operations and Engineering change the traditional ‘Enterprise’ security agenda. Meanwhile, IT teams must also adopt operationally-hardened procedures in industrial environments.
OT security implementation directly depends on:
The solidity of joint governance over assets and data
The understanding - ideally, quantified - of risk and risk appetite
A target state (baseline, blueprint, to-be architecture, etc.) as appropriate
A roadmap with business and technology milestones towards outcome
An OT security blueprint should be modular and reflect successive iterations as an organisation completes it. The blueprint indicates an organisational starting point and targets over time: the resilience agenda and landscape resulting from a merger differs from a mature global supply & manufacturing centre.
Create visibility across OT/IT assets & network flows
Update baseline of threats to assure accurate risk posture, control gaps & quantify cyber risk - extending this to key supply chain participants over time
Orchestrate & run an accelerated global program to address prioritised gaps
Continuously monitor OT environment & improve resilience
Contain, respond to & resolve the crisis in the event of an OT environment breach
Help to establish clear responsibilities & accountability