Fortify your OT
Cyber attacks are shifting from IT to OT - Time to fortify your security
Time to Fortify
Operational technology (OT) is the use of hardware and software to monitor and control physical processes, devices, and infrastructure. Operational technology systems are found across a large range of asset-intensive sectors, performing a wide variety of tasks ranging from monitoring critical infrastructure (CI) to controlling robots on a manufacturing floor. OT is used in a variety of industries including manufacturing, oil and gas, electrical generation and distribution, aviation, maritime, rail, and utilities.
How Fortinet OT Security Works
Fortinet provides a proactive and transformative approach to OT security with the Fortinet Security Fabric. Instead of disparate point products operating in silos, the Fortinet Security Fabric enables multiple OT security technologies to work together across IT and OT environments. With full integration and shared threat intelligence, operational technology organizations gain fast, automated responses to attacks in any vector. One solution covers the entire converged IT-OT network to close OT security gaps, deliver full visibility, and provide simplified management.
What is Operational Technology (OT) and how can Fortinet secure these environments? (32:12 min.)
Lars Putteneers - Channel System Engineer - Fortinet
Operational technology is responsible for processes that if breached could impact outages of critical services that result in loss of life. Emergency services, water treatment plants, traffic management, and other critical infrastructure rely on operational technology solutions to operate correctly. Even a successful attack on OT organizations not responsible critical infrastructure can cause dire consequences. For example, a food production facility could ship unsafe food if safety checks are removed by a hacker.
While historically, cyber criminals have been primarily interested in stealing data, they are increasingly targeting OT networks as they recognize the potential for disruption due to inadequate OT security. They are developing more sophisticated and destructive attacks targeted specifically at operational technology companies.
2022 State of Operational Technology and Cybersecurity Report
The 2022 State of Operational Technology and Cybersecurity Report, now in its fourth annual iteration, finds that organizations are still moving too slowly toward full protection of their operational technology (OT) assets. This comes at a time when OT systems are becoming more important to many organizations’ well-being, geopolitical events are making attacks more likely, more OT systems are being connected to the internet, and IP-based threats are becoming more advanced and doing more damage. This combination of factors is moving OT security upward in many organizations’ risk portfolio.