Emerging Best Practice Amid Rising Requirements in OT Cyber Security Assessment
- Apr 28, 2020 5:37 pm GMT
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IT cyber security (CS) has been the primary focus of most energy infrastructure – based businesses, including utilities and other large, multi-site asset owners. IT CS has matured and advanced in addressing external threats and growing corporate and internet connectivity. By contrast, OT security has often lagged and is challenged by legacy islanded systems reflecting their evolutionary installation, disparate technologies, and lack of a fully integrated set of OT risk assessments, governance protocols and technologies. Emerging technologies, including device management tied to automation, field and centralized asset management and consumer services are enabling and requiring greater grid IP connectivity. Connected technologies are enabling productive growth, along with OT:IT integration in leveraging data analytics, grid asset management and customer applications. Digital-backed solutions, including asset and device management, continue to drive challenges in defining and effectively managing OT technology risk exposure. A comprehensive, best practice approach to assessing energy asset – based OT CS risk and its application is needed in context of a broader and more integrated corporate OT:IT risk management program. This approach leverages Black & Veatch’s experience with energy infrastructure, and internal integration of energy technology and telecom expertise in OT CS risk management and methods.
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