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Why Engineers Need to Move Away from Excel: The Case for Automated Discovery and Inventory of OT Assets
Automated inventory solutions can provide real-time visibility, accuracy, scalability, and compliance, which are essential for modern OT environments’ complex requirements. By automating the inventory process, engineers can free up time to focus on other critical tasks, improve accuracy, and reduce the risk of security incidents.
By following these basic principles, organizations can effectively manage their operational technology assets, ensure their reliability and security, and optimize the performance of their industrial processes.
A single vulnerability can cause substantial damage to critical infrastructure and result in significant security breaches. However, managing OT vulnerabilities is not always a simple process. It can be intimidating, especially when performed manually. Therefore, OT vulnerability management must be automated to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
In the current digital era, the manufacturing and oil and gas industries extensively rely on technology to increase efficiency and productivity. However, as technological dependence increases, so does the risk of cyber attacks and security breaches. For the success of these industries, an effective operational technology (OT) asset inventory is essential.
Oil and gas companies must use active probing as part of their OT strategy if they want to stay safe, reliable, and efficient. This will give us the visibility, speed, and accuracy we need to find threats and issues quickly, deal with them, and fix them before they become big problems.
Fact is that oftentimes the chances that an asset owner’s investment in ICS Detection technology and related services easily exceeds the damage that could reasonably be expected from a cyber-physical attack.
As we now know, the 2021 cyber incident in Oldsmar, FL was anything but a cyber attack. In reality, an employee mistakenly clicked the wrong buttons, before alerting his superiors to his error, as recently disclosed by a city official. And guess what, the accidental...
Progress requires an objective, a plan to reach that objective, and a means to measure how far you have come. All that is missing in the predominant OT security school of thought is primarily concerned with threat detection. If you spend more resources on that issue, you won’t see less threats; you will see more.
Reliable operation of our critical infrastructure, manufacturing, and other highly automated industries is too important to leave it to companies living off instilling fear, uncertainty, and doubt. It’s time to approach the problem with a more rational, engineering-oriented approach. That’s what OT resilience is all about.