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BrandPost: A Tale of Two T’s

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Sep 2, 2016.

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    The first step to really understanding OT is to forget everything you know about IT.

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the time of information technology (IT), it was the time of operational technology (OT), it was the time of clouds and revolution, which would cause their paths to cross in a way that neither anticipated.

    Industrial control, SCADA, DCS, process automation, OT; there are many names and flavors in the various relevant verticals, and there are a lot of verticals. Many of these environments were designed to last for 20 or 30 years or more, with vastly different lifecycles than IT. Surprisingly, OT environments seem to generally have a better understanding of their assets and associated criticality. They see the potential damage to those assets from physical-world incidents – like a vat that gets too hot can explode – but may fail to recognize how the condition or scenario could be precipitated by a cyber threat.

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