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Can OT Learn From IT?

May 15, 2020 / Peter Fretty

As operational technology has transformed into connected technology, manufacturers are entering a new realm of risk. After all, most production equipment was never prepared to address expansive, external attacks. The reality is protecting converged environment is challenging. And, getting it right will require commitment, rigor and discipline to develop the robust cyber security programs necessary.

Fundamentally, manufacturers need to have a security program focused on the OT environment, explains Sean Peasley, Deloitte risk and financial advisory partner IoT security leader. “It might be something that's an extension of their enterprise security or something that's distinct and separate, but there are things OT can learn from what IT has done within the enterprise,” he says. “IT has pretty good discipline around processes and technologies as well as testing technologies to make sure that they're utilized in an appropriate manner.”