In an era of unprecedented uncertainty, with so many devices scattered throughout enterprise networks, it’s challenging for OT and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security professionals to keep pace with security demands.
Recent incidents and the large-scale disruptions and cost of ransomware operations illustrate the growing impact of cyber threat activity on enterprise risk across all industry segments. This risk is increasingly difficult to control and mitigate across both IT and OT environments.
While running industrial systems is eased by virtualization in the cloud and the advance of internet-connected devices, these technologies are also introducing new vulnerabilities and risks. In particular, edge devices, such as Internet of Things (IoT) objects, switches and routers to control data flowing in and out of the organization. Bordering IT and OT environments, they are critical to OT security and breaches can provide direct access into OT environments, completely bypassing IT networks.
Security leaders must demonstrate to the C-suite and the board that they understand the importance of both the continuity of operations and working in partnership with the whole business to effectively manage risk.
Our cyber threat intelligence and incident response analysts have gained first-hand visibility into the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) employed by some of the most sophisticated cyber adversaries. This report reflects our analysis during the first half of calendar year 2021.