The integration of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) networks due to digital transformation (DX) is exposing OT systems to an increased threat landscape. It is critical for IT departments to be aware of the potential security risks and take steps to protect these systems.
OT systems monitor and control physical processes, devices, and infrastructure, while IT secures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems and data.
9 out of 10 OT organizations have experienced at least one intrusion in the past year, with 78% experiencing three or more.
The integration of IT and OT allows for cost savings, higher performance, and less siloed IT and OT departments.
However, it also increases the attack surface and makes it easier for cybercriminals to exploit OT systems.
IT departments should implement a comprehensive and integrated security approach to protect OT environments, including greater visibility, control, and contextual awareness.