The evolution of operational technology, or OT, to more efficient, scalable and cost-effective architectures, such as “Industry 4.0,” “Smart OT,” Manufacturing 4.0” and “Industrial IoT,” presents a new set of cybersecurity risks, which, if not managed properly, could be exploited by malicious actors and threaten operational uptime and safety. For many owner-operators, like yourself, avoiding or deferring OT modernization is not an option. You must find ways to safely roll out your OT transformation initiatives to get the most out of your assets.
The adoption of a cybersecurity platform that is as capable as the “smart” industrial control systems, or ICS, they protect is a key part of a safe enablement strategy for operational technology that simultaneously leverages advanced IT technologies and increased IT-OT connectivity, while delivering protections against advanced cyberthreats in a manner that supports the high uptime and safety requirements of ICS/SCADA.
Whether it is a retrofit of an existing plant or a completely greenfield deployment empowered by newer mobile, IoT, virtualized and public cloud technologies, the ICS cybersecurity platform must be able to provide OT-specific situational awareness and protections. It must also secure the entire converged IT-OT infrastructure from rapidly evolving threats, and be both flexible and scalable enough to accommodate different levels of modernization and topologies.
Palo Alto Networks® offers the Next-Generation Security Platform, which safely enables Operational Technology modernization, while supporting its specific application, performance, availability and robustness requirements. It can be applied across the different levels of a “smart” OT facility in both controlled and harsh environments to provide granular ICS traffic visibility, serve as a conduit to enforce a Zero Trust policy, and secure the network and endpoints from advanced threats.
Our growing list of partners for ICS/SCADA includes large multinational ICS vendors and integrators of ICS cybersecurity. Visit our NextWave Partner page to see our complete and updated list.