Podcast: Episode #18 - Phoenix: OT Security for Smaller Plants and Factories

April 20, 2023

As we continue to witness the rise of cyber threats against operational technology, the industry has made significant progress in improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity. This is evident through advancements in the market in terms of tools and technologies, as well as continued US Government initiatives and directives such as Shields Up, the Executive Order, TSA Directives, and new rules from FERC and NERC. However, we must remember that plants and factories of all sizes rely on ICS and operational technology, and that small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats on OT.

It is a common misconception that SMBs are not likely targets for attacks. However, any user of OT systems, regardless of size, is at risk of cyber attacks, and we have seen the impact cyber attacks can have on smaller operators in recent years. Cyber incidents can be crippling for small businesses, leading to operational disruption and significant financial losses.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are struggling to create and manage effective cybersecurity programs due to limited resources and expertise to deploy and manage robust security solutions. Budgetary constraints and a shortage of skilled personnel often impede the deployment of complex cybersecurity solutions. Especially since most OT security solutions were made for the large critical infrastructure operators and manufacturers. The cost and complexity of these solutions just don't make sense for SMBs.

Listen to this special episode of the PrOTect OT Cybersecurity Podcast to learn about Phoenix: a simplified, all-in-one solution specifically designed for small to medium-sized businesses struggling with limited resources and budget. Suitable for environments with up to 200 endpoints, Phoenix provides a quick, automated view of all OT assets and vital endpoint information. Listen to the full episode to learn all about it Industrial Defender’s Chief Product Officer, Gabe Authier: