It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Own OT. Secure OT. Protect OT.

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It’s vital that we all understand the new threats that have emerged for critical infrastructure and the ways to own, secure and protect against them.

 

 

 

Like the DHS/NCSAM initiative we want to emphasize personal accountability and stress the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity in the industrial OT network and across all devices.

It’s October – and that means many countries around the world collaborate to raise awareness for cyber security. The initiative is a tremendous opportunity for government and industry to educate the masses about the importance of safety online -- and it’s one that we all need to support.

This year, in the US, the collaboration which began in 2004 between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance continues with a theme that we are embracing to help raise awareness for cyber threats to critical infrastructure. The 2019 overarching message – Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. – will focus on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and ecommerce security. Given the mission of Indegy centers around protection of industrial networks from cyber-attacks, we adapted this to convey a similar message - “Own OT. Secure OT. Protect OT.” Like the DHS/NCSAM initiative we want to emphasize personal accountability and stress the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity in the industrial OT network and across all devices.

dhs_ncsam2019_logob (2-1When the OT network was connected to the IT network, safety online became a serious concern for any organization using the same controllers found in power plants and electric grids. Not everyone knows the history or the most unsafe gaps which exist now because the industrial network is connected to the information network. In addition, most are unaware of the many other industries that have those same controllers. Automotive, pharmaceutical, transportation, logistics, food and beverage, aerospace, defense, building management systems, and many others all experience the risks of malware entering their operations either directly or through the IT network. The concerns which originated from OT Engineers, now impact IT staff, compliance and every business leader concerned about risk.

To support the education of this effort, we are fortunate enough to be able to share insights from a number of leaders who are paving the way for Industrial Cybersecurity as a means of protecting their very critical assets and constituents. Whether it’s the CIO of a large pipeline manufacturer, an award-winning SCADA/Automation leader for a major US city, the CISO of one of the largest cement producers in EMEA or the head of automation for one of Washington State’s power and water utilities, it’s vital that we all understand the new threats that have emerged for critical infrastructure and the ways to own, secure and protect against them.

 

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Beginning October 1st, we will post the first of a series of five videos with another following every week through the month of October. We sincerely hope the knowledge and expertise that we are privileged to share from our customers and partners will help raise #cybersecurityawareness for what we all know to be #critical.  

 

 

 

 

For More Information:

If you want to learn more about the specific challenges that were created when OT networks were connected to IT, below are several sources for your reference.


 

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