Operational Technology Cyber Security Threats

IT and OT infrastructures are rapidly converging. Historically isolated by “air gapping,” OT systems are now increasingly connected—sometimes to a greater extent than plant managers and industrial control engineers realise.

The days of air-gapped systems are gone. Industrial and critical infrastructure organizations are adopting IoT devices at an unprecedented rate.

Integrating IT and OT systems is a good business decision for many organisations, with benefits that include:

    • More effective and efficient monitoring of processes, with the ability to make important changes on the fly
    • The ability to use data from Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices to inform decision-making, adding a very granular layer of insight
      about customers, products, and processes
    • Access to real-time market data for optimal timing of product delivery and smoother interaction with the supply chain
    • Significant cost savings in power consumption, reduced raw materials waste, and employee efficiency

With these integrations come many security threats which can potentially cause damage and cost your organisation thousands without the correct protocols in place.


Types of Security Threats

Ot Control Logic Updates

Attackers have the ability to modify and control your logic parameters on PLC’s.

Industrial Control File Transfers

This potential data breach can include operationally significant data such as configuration files.

Malcrafted Packet Attacks

We are increasingly finding attacks that misuse commands and protocols to cause problems for Operational Technology systems.

Attack to ICS Resources

This class of incident is most often able to cause partial or complete shutdowns. More serious physical consequences may be possible, depending on the details of the industrial process.

Malformed Protocol Attacks

OT systems are characterized by a wide range of legacy, proprietary, and non-standard protocols and interfaces, in addition to the more common MODBUS and CANBUS technologies. As a result, a plethora of attack options exist for these technologies.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS)

Any systems, IT or OT-based, with network connections to other networks will be vulnerable to distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. This is particularly relevant to industrial control, because many OT engineers have presumed that because OT technology might be out-of-band with the Internet, that cyber attacks are not feasible.

Our Service For Operational Technologies

When Operational Technology meets Information Technology it’s important it’s designed with cyber security at the forefront of everything. Choosing the right equipment, configuring, installing, and then managing and monitoring is vital to ensuring the site is secure and that it remains protected. A lot of the SCADA equipment and other operational technology equipment is remotely controlled and monitored and gaining that access needs to be secure. We can set up secure connections and tunnels to ensure all communications are protected.

Secure Network Design

Having a secure network is vital to building a secure environment from selecting the correct equipment to configuring the devices.

Secure Network Communications

Many of the control systems are being remotely controlled and remote access is required. We can offer secure network design and setup to ensure the remote access to all OT equipment is available but most importantly the access is controlled, monitored and secure.

24/7 Fully Managed Service

We offer a range of managed cyber services that include our managed SOC for remote monitoring and detection of cyber threats, maintenance plan

IP CCTV Cameras

We can offer IP CCTV cameras as part of our offerings which can be remotely monitored by our team. When working towards a cyber framework physical security and access control is normally a required section.


Fully Managed Industrial Grade Cyber Security Service

Industrial Systems require Industrial Grade Cyber Security

We protect industrial networks from cyber threats, malicious insiders and human error. With complete visibility, threat detection and mitigation, adaptive assessment, vulnerability management and configuration control, We can identify and predictively prioritise your cyber exposure to maximize the safety and reliability of your operational technology environment.

Complete Visibility

Up to 50% of your OT infrastructure can contain IT assets. Attacks can easily propagate across IT/OT infrastructure. We provide complete visibility into your IT/OT networks while measuring and controlling cyber risk.

Threat Detection and Mitigation

Wen can detect and identify policy violations, detects anomalous behaviours and tracks signatures for potential high-risk events. We have granular control which allows us to set and fine-tune detection methods so they are optimized for your environment. This means we can quickly respond and mitigate threats impacting your operations.

Cyber Risk Assessment

Renewable Energy NIST Cyber Framework Benchmark

We can offer a full cyber security assessment which includes an onsite visit and vulnerability assessment to understand the current security posture. We produce a report that highlights the vulnerabilities with remediation advice along with other recommendation’s and observations. We can tailor our risk assessment service to follow and incorporate many of the cyber frameworks such as NIS Directive (EU), NIST Cyber framework and CIS Controls.

Secure your Operational Technology/IT Network using the NIST Framework

We can assist you in working towards a cyber security framework. Working towards a framework will upgrade your existing security protocols and bring in new security layers that most likely didn’t exist before. Five main processes that define the cybersecurity framework are: Identity, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover. Any cybersecurity framework will work based upon this process.

Cybersecurity frameworks will play a key role in establishing and sustaining unforeseen cyber situations, giving organizations an upper hand over cyber criminals. Businesses need to understand the demands that they need to keep up to, analyse the entire implementation procedures, and do the same only after discussing the same with stakeholders and IT departments.

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