Operational technology (OT)* networks, which control equipment in critical infrastructures such as utilities and manufacturing assembly lines, have traditionally been kept separate from information technology (IT) networks, which control data in organizations. However, in recent years, compelling innovations in IT such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics have improved outcomes that could benefit OT networks as well. As a result, the convergence of OT and IT networks is accelerating. One of the drawbacks of this new convergence is the expansion of the digital attack surface and exposure of OT networks to the same type of attacks that IT networks experience. Therefore, OT breaches are becoming more common.
This ebook identifies and discusses the drivers of IT and OT network convergence. It also highlights the technologies that asset owners should deploy to address the challenges posed by connecting industrial environments to the data center and the cloud. To maintain a security posture consistent with the risks posed by connecting industrial environments, asset owners must deploy solutions that keep the environment secured in the process.