In the face of an ever-growing climate of cybersecurity attacks, operational technology (OT) security specialists bear the weight of safeguarding Australia and New Zealand's most critical infrastructure. Ensuring uninterrupted essential services such as energy, food and beverage, healthcare, data processing, and mining industries demands utmost vigilance. However, the recent Rockwell Automation and Claroty survey of C-suite executives and heads of security exposes a concerning truth – many OT systems remain exposed and vulnerable.
Key Findings: A Wake-Up Call
- 65% of respondents detected at least one OT-related cybersecurity incident in the last 12 months.
- 29% of respondents were concerned that an OT security incident could disrupt their production.
- 26% of respondents admitted having low or medium levels of visibility into the operations of their network.
- Just 14% of respondents feel well equipped to identify an OT cybersecurity incident.
- Safety was a major concern, with 26% worried that the attacks could compromise the safety of their employees or others, particularly in environments such as power plants or chemical factories.