Cyberattacks against industrial control systems (ICS) are growing in number and sophistication each year. The potential financial impacts from these attacks are growing in parallel. Major attacks, like the Colonial Pipeline and JBS meat plant incidents, have served as harsh reminders about the necessity of operational technology (OT) cybersecurity solutions. However, companies looking to increase their cyber defenses are often overwhelmed with the landscape of security solutions. There are many different vendors each providing various, and at times, overlapping functionality.
For this reason, matching individual needs with specific OT cybersecurity solutions can be a difficult task. The following seven questions provide a basic checklist to determine whether a solution will deliver adequate protection for an OT environment to better inform your search.
Cyberthreats facing OT/ICS environments are compounding daily, and these 7 questions should help you figure out where to start. While the above list is not exhaustive, it represents a foundation for some things you should look for in a cybersecurity solution. The modern OT environment is complex and requires intentional planning to provide strong cybersecurity.
For that reason, we offer anybody who is struggling to understand where to start with their OT cybersecurity program the DefenderSphere, which provides an overview of various industrial control system vendors to help companies visualize their individual security needs and tailor investments accordingly. If you’re looking to better understand the potential security gaps in your OT environment, request a customized DefenderSphere for your organization.