Learn how a security-first approach can protect a smart building's cyber environment from bad actors.
In many organizations, traditional IT and critical Operational Technology (OT) networks are being merged to take advantage of the speed and efficiency of today’s digital marketplace.
Over the past several months, the FortiGuard Labs team has been tracking a number of evolving trends related to the FortiGuard 2018 Threat Landscape Predictions. This mid-year update provides new details concerning recent advances in some of the techniques and malware tied to those predictions.
In today’s complex ecosystem of hyperconnected digital networks, NOC-only or SOC-only techniques are insufficient.
This same data must also be protected as it moves across systems, applications, devices, and the multi-cloud. Which means that security needs to be able to seamlessly extend to the farthest reaches of the network, and even to those elements that may not even be in the network yet. It must also be found at every point of data interaction, not just at the perimeters or to secure north-south traffic. This represents a fundamental change in how security must be approached. It’s no longer just about the placement of security in the different parts of the network. It goes far beyond that.
In a study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Fortinet this past January 2018, 429 global decision-makers across a wide variety of industries, responsible for the security of their organization’s critical infrastructure, IP level protection, IoT, and/or SCADA, were asked about this convergence process and the security challenges they are facing.
The convergence that is enabling new agile business models is also introducing significant new risks, many of which are catching organizations entirely unprepared. For example, nearly 90% of organizations have now experienced a security breach within their Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and Industrial Control Systems (SCADA/ICS) architectures, with more than half of those breaches occurring in just the last 12 months.
Organizations today face an unprecedented volume of increasingly sophisticated threats as they conduct online operations. As the potential attack surface expands and attack volumes increase, it is imperative to track the most popular and successful strategies of cybercriminals to stay ahead of their malicious intentions.
OT networks can cover huge amounts of real estate and span a variety of network segments. Protection requires broad, integrated, and automated security systems that can see and respond to threats immediately, anywhere across the extended network.