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Eighty-Two Percent of Organizations are Embracing IT/OT Collaboration, But Still Falling Short on OT Visibility
Analyst firm Forrester, along with Nozomi Networks, recently conducted a webinar for ICS industry experts and vendor audiences alike. The webinar’s main focus was to educate viewers on how to protect industrial infrastructures from cyberattacks, and how to achieve full visibility across both your IT and OT networks. A poll taken during the webinar revealed that while the majority of industrial organizations are embracing IT/OT collaboration, many are falling short when it comes to achieving OT network visibility – an issue that needs to be addressed.
Nozomi’s software is just as important to a wind farm or a utility operator as it is to an oil refinery or natural gas pipeline manager.
Deliver Us From Evil: How ICS Security and AI-Enabled Cyber Protection Can Protect Industrial Assets from Attack
We spoke to Kim Legelis, CMO at Nozomi Networks, who described the convergence of IT (information technologies) and OT (operational technologies) that we are currently undergoing. Nozomi is able to collect OT data at a large scale, using AI to discover cyber threats as well as create wider operational efficiencies within partner organizations (which include utilities such as Enel, as well as multiple large oil & gas companies). This secondary use of cyber data can create new markets for cyber monitoring companies such as Nozomi, where the data they collect can be harvested for optimization efficiencies in multiple business areas.
Indeed, Andrea Carcano, CPO and co-founder of Nozomi Networks says the move by the U.S. government is “surprising. By reverting back to manual controls and removing automation, there will be consequences on the overall running of the power grid and more humans will be required to operate plant machinery which could impact safety.”
Andrea Carcano, co-founder of Nozomi Networks, said that while the approach may reduce cyber risks the associated operational impact should also be carefully assessed.
Das „Industrial IoT“ (IIoT) ist auf schnelle Kommunikationsnetze angewiesen. Somit ebnet 5G den Weg in ein neues Zeitalter von Industrie 4.0. Laut Will Stefan Roth stellt „5G“ die schnellen Netze zur Verfügung, die man für das Internet der Dinge braucht. Und ganz sicher wird diese Eigenschaft dazu beitragen, Industrie 4.0-Initiativen weiter voranzutreiben: „5G wurde aus dem unstillbaren Datenhunger unseres Zeitalters geboren. Die industrielle Produktion bildet da keine Ausnahme. Unternehmen befinden sich mitten im Prozess der Digitalisierung und schreiten darin weiter voran. Gleichzeitig suchen sie nach Technologien mit denen sie den wachsenden Fachkräftemangel und die klaffende Qualifizierungslücke überbrücken können.“
Kim Legelis of Nozomi Networks on Industrial Cybersecurity Teamwork.
Edgard Capdevielle, CEO of Nozomi Networks Inc., reports his company’s strategy is to connect with industrial networks without being intrusive, listen to their processes, build a baseline of the system’s behavior and operating range, and inform clients when its goes outside it normal behavior.
ICS cybersecurity threats remain high and present evolving challenges, a new SANS report reveals.
“The attack against ASCO has once again highlighted the dangerous power of ransomware,” said Andrea Carcano, CPO of co-founder of Nozomi Network. “The attack has brought operations to a halt and resulted in over a thousand employees being sent home which will be having a significant impact on the organisation financially.”
This integration comes as a result of being the ongoing-partner-of choice for Cisco’s security business unit.
Andrea Carcano, CPO of Nozomi Networks, agrees. According to Carcano, organisations should know what to do and be ready to spring into action should they come under attack, not only to limit disruption to production, but also to protect against reputational damage.
“When it comes to ransomware, prevention is always better than cure as, if infected, it is never advisable to pay the ransom as it is not guaranteed that the criminals will honour the agreement and restore systems/data. Organisations should prepare for these types of events and have an incident response plan in place to help limit the damage caused, not only to production but also to customer trust and brand reputation,” Carcano added.
The ability to expand and offer more personalised services across the manufacturing process has been pointed to by many as a core benefit 5G will offer. “For industrial manufacturing, production is expected to be far more scalable and adaptable, production schedules are expected to be much more dynamic, with organisations potentially having a greater product portfolio,” said Nozomi Networks’ Andrea Carcano. “Adaptive manufacturing could result in a growth in outsourced manufacturing, allowing organisations to scale and shrink production based on market demands.”
“The findings in this latest Sans report make it clear that 2019 is the year for ICS cyber security,” said Edgard Capdevielle, CEO of Nozomi Networks, one of the sponsors of the report. “We see the urgency and growing demand every day as more industrial companies worldwide reach out to us for help in aggressively arming themselves against cyber threats rising in number, persistence and strength.”
Nozomi Networks is building a leading platform to visualize and monitor industrial control systems (ICS) in order to identify, predict, and protect OT assets from malicious activity. Currently, Nozomi is protecting hydro facilities, wind farms, and T&D grids globally.
“There is no doubt that the directive has positively impacted organisations awareness and willingness to invest in cyber resiliency,” says Tony Atkins, regional director for Northern Europe at Nozomi Networks. “However, there remains a degree of naivety within the industry regarding the scale of the problem and the resources required to implement and maintain an OT cyber security program.”
Cyberangriffe auf kritische Infrastrukturen waren noch nie leichter zu bewerkstelligen als heute. Der Mythos der unzugänglichen KNI-Systeme hat längst ausgedient. Das haben verheerende Attacken wie Stuxnet, Wannacry und NotPeyta hinlänglich bewiesen.
Creating a cabinet-level Department of Cybersecurity would not improve the nation’s cybersecurity. In fact, this bureaucratic shuffle could have the opposite effect.
Vor welche Herausforderungen stellt die neue Mobilfunkgeneration 5G die Unternehmen? Welche Prozesse wird 5G beeinflussen? Wie werden sich die Geschäftsprozesse in der Industrie in einem weiteren Sinne entwickeln müssen um von 5G wirklich zu profitieren? Ein Interview mit Will Stefan Roth, Nozomi Networks.