Manufacturing and industrial facilities are operating in ways they scarcely could have imagined a few decades ago.
They’re converging historically separate information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) systems and connecting people, processes and technology across the enterprise.
This creates new opportunities to access, share and act on data. However, it also increases security risks.
Security threats can come in many forms: physical or digital, internal or external, malicious or unintentional. No single security product, technology or methodology is sufficient.
Industrial security must be holistic. It should extend from the enterprise through the plant level and even out to end devices. It should address risks across people, processes and technologies, and should involve collaboration among IT and OT personnel.
By focusing on three key aspects of a holistic industrial security approach, companies can better manage potential threats and build more secure systems.