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Managing Risks in Industrial and Operational Technology (OT)

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Jul 24, 2018 3:39:38 PM
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The number of cybersecurity related incidents in industrial security and industrial control networks has risen in every region in recent years, and there have been well publicized reports of sophisticated malware and threat actors disrupt-ing safety critical industrial operations.

This has raised concerns about cybersecurity vulnerabilities across all types of industries.

The trend to digitization and system inter-connectivity means that operational technology engineering and opera-ting personnel may not realize the full extent of cybersecurity vulnerabilities they face and are thus inadequately prepared to deal with potential attacks.


  •  There is a regulatory or legal requirement to understand and manage cybersecurity risk as you operate in a safety critical or hazardous industry.
  •  Government agencies are concerned how cybersecurity issues can impact your part in a critical national infrastruc-ture.
  •  Customers are demanding that their intellectual property and process information is protected on your industrial network.

No longer can industrial systems rely on an ‘air gap’ to provi-de security as it has been demonstrated time and again that such measures can be overcome easily. More conventional IT security risk models fail to understand the specialized na-ture of operational technology and industrial control systems as they can be markedly different to those used in an office or commercial environment.

Embracing modern digital industrial systems means embracing the challenge of both safety and cybersecurity risks. You can no longer have a safe plant if it is not secure.

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Topics: ICT