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Fortifying Operational Technology (OT) Systems Against Cyberattacks

Fortifying OT Systems Against Cyberattacks v2


In our increasingly connected world, the risk and impact of a cyber attack on operational technology (OT) systems is extremely high, and good cybersecurity hygiene has never been more important. Organizations face the ever-escalating onslaught of cyberattacks that are growing not only in their incidence but also in their sophistication. No type of organization, regardless of industry, region, or size, is immune. At the same time, and in large part in response to these bleak prospects, organizations must comply with legislation, such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and the Australia Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (SOCI Act), that not only sets data governance requirements for privacy and security but also outlines general cybersecurity best practices. Compliance requirements are becoming more common and stricter with enforcement consequences, and the repercussions for being out of compliance are severe.

Further increasing urgency for top-notch cybersecurity hygiene is the fact that critical infrastructure is a growing target of attackers. This infrastructure includes the operational technology (OT) systems that are foundational to critical industrial processes and business functions.

In our latest Research Brief, Fortifying Operational Technology (OT) Systems Against Cyberattacks–done in partnership with Honeywell– we examine the benefits of a comprehensive strategy for protecting OT assets against cyberattacks requiring asset discovery, ongoing risk assessment, and compliance management. Organizations often require support, and need help with where to start. 

In this brief, you’ll learn:

  • Why a cybersecurity strategy is needed, and how to improve cybersecurity for OT systems.
  • The steps to evaluating the risks and threats posed in an organization’s people, processes and technology assets.
  • What a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy and evaluation of cybersecurity technology tools should consider.
  • A look at the Honeywell Forge Cybersecurity+ for Buildings | Cyber Insights solution.

Cybersecurity is instilled as a critical requirement across industries, but the path to preventing, detecting, and responding to cyber threats in OT systems can be overwhelming for customers. To learn more about Honeywell’s solution, download your copy of Fortifying Operational Technology (OT) Systems Against Cyberattacks, today.

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Author Information

With a focus on data security, protection, and management, Krista has a particular focus on how these strategies play out in multi-cloud environments. She brings approximately a decade of experience providing research and advisory services and creating thought leadership content, with a focus on IT infrastructure and data management and protection. Her vantage point spans technology and vendor portfolio developments; customer buying behavior trends; and vendor ecosystems, go-to-market positioning, and business models. Her work has appeared in major publications including eWeek, TechTarget and The Register.

Prior to joining The Futurum Group, Krista led the data center practice for Evaluator Group and the data center practice of analyst firm Technology Business Research. She also created articles, product analyses, and blogs on all things storage and data protection and management for analyst firm Storage Switzerland and led market intelligence initiatives for media company TechTarget.

Krista holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Journalism with a minor in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

Daniel is the CEO of The Futurum Group. Living his life at the intersection of people and technology, Daniel works with the world’s largest technology brands exploring Digital Transformation and how it is influencing the enterprise.

From the leading edge of AI to global technology policy, Daniel makes the connections between business, people and tech that are required for companies to benefit most from their technology investments. Daniel is a top 5 globally ranked industry analyst and his ideas are regularly cited or shared in television appearances by CNBC, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and hundreds of other sites around the world.

A 7x Best-Selling Author including his most recent book “Human/Machine.” Daniel is also a Forbes and MarketWatch (Dow Jones) contributor.

An MBA and Former Graduate Adjunct Faculty, Daniel is an Austin Texas transplant after 40 years in Chicago. His speaking takes him around the world each year as he shares his vision of the role technology will play in our future.

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