Challenges continue to grow for the industrial cybersecurity community. Broader deployment of operational technology is expanding the use cases requiring protection. Resource shortages are undermining the effectiveness of established defenses. Blurring boundaries between IT, OT and IoT are increasing the need for more integrated, collaborative cybersecurity strategies.
Industrial plants and infrastructure systems need secure control systems to ensure safe, reliable operation. Widespread use of operational technologies in smart cities presents a similar challenge. Compromised systems jeopardize citizen safety, business continuity, and effective delivery of critical government services like water and sewage. To avoid such incidents, smart city planners need people who understand operational technology and the associated security challenges. Leveraging the experiences of the industrial cybersecurity community is essential.
Cybersecurity challenges are also increasing within traditional plants and infrastructure systems. Many plants still lack the resources to sustain defenses or proper strategies to enable external support. Deployment of IIoT strategies is proceeding without real solutions for critical issues like secure-by-design-devices and secure supply/support chains. Growing use of cloud-based solutions are undermining the ability of in-house teams to govern security practices. Segregating cybersecurity efforts by technology is no longer a sustainable approach. Organizations need to develop new integrated strategies that combine IT, OT, and IoT security efforts and maximize use of all corporate cybersecurity resources.
On top of that Cybersecurity technology is moving fast. There are more choices than ever in technology, techniques, deployment architectures, and service providers. ARC analysts follow all aspects of Cybersecurity technology for Industry and Infrastructure. If you are faced with a strategic decision, and want to know the best practices, leading solutions or current issues, then you need to engage with ARC.
ARC Coverage Areas
ARC has been providing market research on the industrial cybersecurity market for many years and has recently completed research related to:
- Anomaly and Breach Detection
- Endpoint Protection Solutions
- Management Solutions
- Network Security
Cybersecurity Roadmap Workshops
ARC Advisory Group research shows that industrial managers appreciate the risks of cyber attacks on their facilities. Many have already taken the necessary steps to address these risks, following standards like ANSI/ISA-62443 and NERC CIP. They expected that this would solve their problems, but find that this is just the start of a never-ending stream of requests for additional cybersecurity technology and resources to manage changes and analyze reams of data.