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IDG Contributor Network: Security convergence in a utility environment

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Oct 11, 2016.

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    Whatever you call it, IT/OT/Physical convergence, a holistic security approach, or the integration of all security disciplines, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. Arguably, convergence can be defined as the integration of logical security, information security, operational security, physical security, and business continuity.

    Considering the various facets of security threats (terrorism, identity theft, data breaches, insider threats, etc.) one side of the security spectrum simply cannot protect an organization to its greatest potential. While electric utilities in North America remain effective at addressing traditional threats such as severe weather, vegetation management and routine transmission disruptions, the evolving nature of physical, cyber and OT security is creating challenges that many companies are grappling with to ensure the resilience of their operations. An interconnected grid that incorporates computing, communications, markets and physical assets unfortunately presents potential attackers with previously unknown opportunities that require a holistic approach to security.

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