Operational Technology Security

 

Protect Your SCADA Devices – and Data – From Attack

OT Devices Enable Transformation – and Present New Risks

 

Operational technology (OT) has forever altered the threat landscape. 

 

An explosion of new devices and data sources is creating vulnerabilities that never existed before. OT devices are foundational for effective digital transformation in several industries — including manufacturing of all types. Their widespread use allows for improved data utilization, better technology management, increased output and reduced costs and downtime.

 

But OT devices also greatly expand your organization’s threat surface. Their sheer number and broad distribution create new vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, traditional network security often can’t detect OT connections or adequately determine the extent of your organization’s expanded threat surface.

 

It’s time to better protect IoT. 

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What Is Operational Technology Cybersecurity?

To understand how to protect it, you must understand what it is. Operational technology (OT) deploys a combination of hardware and software to detect or operate through direct monitoring and/or control industrial equipment (like manufacturing robots), assets, processes and events. OT is used by food and beverage, manufacturing, oil and gas, power/ utilities/ water/wastewater, recycling plants, the transportation industry and others.

 

Industrial control systems (ICS) are a prominent part of OT. One of the most common is an ICS architecture called supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), which includes computers, networked data communications and graphical user interfaces for high-level supervision of machines and processes. 

 

SCADA solves the legacy issue of controlling and monitoring equipment with push buttons, timers, relays and old analog dials and also allows automation and equipment control over long distances, potentially increasing efficiencies and saving both time and money.

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Operational technology (OT) greatly enables transformation but presents new risks.

 

OT can be an integral part of an organization’s critical infrastructure. However, these systems interact with IT and the internet and thus are vulnerable to cyberattacks. A perfect example is the hacking of pipelines or powerplants and the resulting fallout. 

 

Getting better at preventing these attacks helps protect organizations and the customers/communities they serve.

Integrate OT Devices Into Your Network Safely

Operational technology devices are being connected and used in unexpected ways. In the past, the general lack of connectivity and integration with other systems created inherent security. Devices had to be accessed physically to update programming or retrieve data.

 

But today, these devices are integral to IT networks in distributed systems—which opens up new attack vectors and vulnerabilities that couldn’t be exploited before. Maintaining effective security in this new environment is getting more complex every day.

 

With Optiv, you’ll gain the guidance, knowledge, and expertise you need to address your security needs in a distributed environment and balance them with your business objectives. You’ll identify, segment and protect OT devices across your ecosystem—along with the data they produce.

Why Customers Choose Optiv For OT Security

Certified Professionals

NERC-CIP, CISSP, IEC 62443, API 1164, GICSP and more

Meet the Operational Technology Team

John Powell, Sr. Consultant

 

Powell has 30+ years of experience in the chemical, oil, gas fields, water utilities, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Damian Scott, Sr. Consultant

 

Scott works in Optiv’s ICS Solutions practice and has more than 20 years of experience as an IT technical  professional focused on security engineering.

Isaac Guevara, Sr. Consultant

 

As a previous systems design specialist, Guevara has spent time working on the plant floor all the way to the cloud.

Curt Smith, Sr. Consultant

 

With more than 20 years working in both consulting and enterprise organizations.  

Optiv Operational Technology Security Services

 

Optiv helps you converge IT and OT systems and processes to securely deliver data to gain competitive advantages, greater efficiencies and new market opportunities.

Core Practice Services

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Managed Threat for OT 

 

This service provides you with 24/7 alert triage and platform support for OT network sensors to enhance incident detection and response.

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Physical Security Assessment and OT Penetration Testing 

 

This service provides you with a detailed review and identification of critical physical vulnerabilities across your OT networks.

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Operational Technology (OT) Security

 

Our OT Assessments converge IT and OT to secure data for competitive advantage, efficiency and new opportunities.

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OT Security Workshop - Harden and Connect

 

Optiv’s Harden and Connect workshop addresses security requirements and balances them with your business objectives.