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Securing OT Networks Against Rising Attacks

Operational Technology (OT) networks play a critical role in manufacturing, defense, emergency services, food and agriculture, financial systems, and critical infrastructure, just to name a few. OT networks and devices include supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and industrial control systems (ICS). They might be deployed anywhere – inside an automated manufacturing floor, outside a chemical processing plant managing valves and switches, on a rig in the middle of the ocean, or out in the arctic monitoring oil and gas pipelines. OT systems often perform simple yet essential tasks, such as monitoring a valve and shutting it off when a certain value is triggered. As a result, they can perform their tasks with little change for years. Which also means they sometimes run on aging operating systems and obsolete hardware using home grown applications. Since the goal for an OT system is to run exactly as designed, even patches are only applied if they do not hinder the process of the OT system.

By Derek MankyMarch 13, 2018

Business and Technology | Industry Trends

The Importance of Operational Technology (OT) Systems to Maintain a Secure Standard of Living in Today’s Modern Society

The Operational Technology (OT) networks (such as industrial control and supervisory control and data acquisition systems [ICS/SCADA]) that run today’s modern society are a collection of devices designed to work together as an integrated and homogenous system. If one of these systems fails, it can have a catastrophic domino effect. For example, electricity requires telecommunications to transfer information on wheeling power from the electrical grid.

By Ronald Jules Hebert, Jr.December 06, 2017

Industry Trends | Business and Technology

Executive Insights: Securing Critical Infrastructure Takes a Village…and Automation

Malicious cyber activity targeted at the nation’s critical infrastructure – including water systems, transportation, energy, finance, and emergency services – are particularly worrisome because the interruption of those services can have devastating effects on our economy, impact the well being of our citizens, and even cause the loss of life.

By Phil QuadeAugust 16, 2017

Threat Research

Zero Patch IoT Environment

Over the last few months or years I have reported vulnerabilities on several IoT devices. None have been patched so far, and I think it is time to discuss the situation openly. One of the issues I have faced several times is the zero-security-culture phenomenon. Some of those IoT companies were typically very small and young, with sadly neither the skills nor the resources to fix security issues. For example, I remember sending several vulnerabilities to a given company. I got an automated response for the first email (ok),...

By Axelle ApvrilleMay 17, 2017

Business and Technology | Partners

Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner Spotlight: Attivo Networks

Q&A with Carolyn Crandall, CMO at Attivo Networks Fortinet sits down with Fabric-Ready Partner, Attivo Networks, to learn what’s top of mind for its customers, the key IT challenges they are facing, and how Attivo Networks’ approach to integrated security is helping drive business and customer success. Tell us a bit about Attivo Networks business and the types of customers that you serve. Attivo Networks® is the leader in deception for cyber security defense. Founded on the premise that even the best security systems...

By Darlene GannonApril 20, 2017

Industry Trends

Executive Insights: IoT - Not as New As You Think

IoT is a sexy topic these days. It’s hard to open a magazine or blog without seeing statistics that project there will soon be more IoT devices online than there are teenagers on ClickChat. Like the growth of mobility and smartphones before it, IoT is a phenomenon that merits attention. But this time it’s different. IoT networks and devices play a crucial role in our global transition to a digital economy, and organizations that fail to adopt a digital business model may not survive. Which is why we also need to give credit to those...

By Phil QuadeApril 19, 2017

Business and Technology

Fortinet Security Fabric: Protecting the Unique Environment of Industrial Control Systems

Fortinet solutions have been designed to support ICS protocols and manufacturers, allowing them to provide the same level of actionable security in an industrial network as it does in an enterprise network while adapting to the unique ICS environment.

By Nirav ShahApril 03, 2017

Industry Trends

Securing The Internet of Things – Industrial Control Systems

The Internet of Things (networks of uniquely identifiable endpoints, or "things," that communicate without human interaction using embedded IP connectivity) is the next industrial revolution. Estimates say there will be 24 Billion IoT devices installed by 2020, and $6 Trillion will be invested in IoT devices over the next 5 years. With that kind of growth and investment, protecting each of these “things” and their corresponding interactions with other components, including our networks, will be critical. So where is this...

By Daniel ColeSeptember 14, 2016

Industry Trends

Securing Critical Infrastructures

A couple of months ago I was discussing data center security with a panel of IT managers from critical infrastructure providers. One representative from a major energy provider said that he had no intention of segmenting his network. When I asked him how he monitors his network looking for attacks that have breached his perimeter, he told me, “That’s the FBI’s job.” I wish I could say this was unusual. Historically, the security strategy of many critical infrastructure companies was to simply not connect them to the...

By Daniel ColeJune 21, 2016

Industry Trends

Move over Healthcare, Ransomware Has Manufacturing In Its Sights

Everyone has heard how ransomware shut down the networks of several large healthcare providers this past year. To get their systems unlocked, these organizations paid huge ransoms to cybercriminals. Healthcare networks are notoriously vulnerable, and have been tagged by the media and security professionals as the preferred target for these sorts of attacks.That may be about to change. Fortinet research conducted over the past several months shows that manufacturing is likely to be the next industry specifically targeted by ransomware. In our latest...

By Bill McGeeJune 06, 2016