Fortinet recently released the 2022 State of Operational Technology and Cybersecurity Report.
Based on a detailed survey conducted in March 2022 of more than 500 global operational technology (OT) professionals, the report's data highlights the current state of OT security and provides a roadmap to better secure OT organizations.
The need to improve OT security is underscored in the report, which found: 93% of OT organizations experienced an intrusion in the past year, and 78% of them experienced more than three intrusions.
Air-gapped No More
Traditionally, security was not as critical a consideration when programmable logic controllers (PLCs)-the brains of any industrial control system (ICS) or OT network-were designed. PLCs never verified the authenticity of message senders, and controller communications had zero encryption capability. Previously, there was no need for these security measures because an organization's OT network was always air-gapped from their IT network.
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