Hear about key findings from our State of Operational Technology and Cybersecurity Report, learn more about the types of threats facing operational technology, and discover how OT teams can mitigate them.
There is a convergence of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds, known as cyber-physical systems. And it is transforming the technology systems that support things we don’t usually see, like manufacturing, transportation, energy production and distribution, water and waste management, and city and building automation.
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.
The transition to hyperconnected networks, such as smart cities and connected utility services, is driving the convergence of IT, OT, and IoT networks. To successfully defend these integrated networks, organizations need an architecture that scales across the entire infrastructure to provide unified visibility and control, distributed segmentation, and integrated protection.
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.
Tired of hearing about IoT? Me too. I am also tired of AI and the constant specter of intelligent robots and computers that are smarter than us, and that for some reason want to harm us. I prefer the movie Her because I believe that is more likely to represent the future of an AI. They wouldn’t want to compete with us and rule the world. Instead, it seems more likely that they would find us to be a curiosity. And they would probably eventually just lose interest in us and leave. We (and the Earth) would not be able to evolve as fast...