How IT-OT Convergence Enhances Corporate and Critical Infrasturcture Protection


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Industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, transportation, utilities and even federal facilities are battling to address complex threats against critical infrastructures, which have grown significantly in the past few years. Addressing security in silos of IT and OT has become their prime focus. AlertEnterprise security software addresses complex threats that cross the security silos such as IT, OT, and SCADA/ICS. By doing so, the software delivers improved operational reliability, protecting operating assets and responding more quickly to a range of vulnerabilities and persistent threats by enabling enterprises to analyze and track security events in a broader business context,  whether from cyber, physical or insider sources.

Our objective in this article is to increase awareness how today’s government and enterprises focus on physical security and industrial control systems alone with the goal to reduce security silos and convince them to see a holistic view of risk.

Why IT/OT Convergence?

 Jasvir Gill, Founder and CEO of AlertEnterprise, said: “Silos are Costly, Inefficient: Organizations Respond to Threats in Silos – Attackers don’t think that way.” In a real security breach a fence is opened, an office building is intruded, an IT system is accessed through an HVAC system or through any number of systems that connect to the cloud. Look at the attack on Target. It is believed that the credit cards were stolen from the Computer systems were originally accessed through the HVAC heating and cooling online system. A global trend is changing the way security is considered. ISV’s now term this as security convergence, holistic security management, managing security services, etc. By any name, it’s a hot topic these days because of series of incidents like Metcalf, Washington Navy Yard in September, Boston Marathon incident, just to name a very few. In December 2013, US President Barack Obama’s Executive ordered an Improvement in Critical Infrastructure and Cyber security. His Presidential Policy Directive on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience are two of the first official acknowledgments of the inextricable link between physical and logical security. The global IT-OT security market was estimated $6.46 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow to $13.77 billion by 2018. Government and Enterprises are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the convergence of physical and logical security solutions. Merging physical and logical security is seen by C-level executive as a cost-saving step and a natural evolution for facilities maintenance and guard operations, where door-access equipment and video cameras are increasingly IP-enabled and a smart card-based badge could be used by employees to access both buildings and computers. True security management is more holistic than simple information security and physical security. Risk management disciplines, loss prevention, fraud prevention, business continuity planning, legal/regulatory compliance, insurance, and others are all part of the bigger picture that benefit from a collaborative approach to protection of enterprise assets.

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Topology of IT and OT Security Convergence

AlertEnterprise Delivers:

  • Unified Threat Management for Complex Threats: Physical Threats, Insider Threat, Cyber Threats
  • IT-OT Convergence – Managing Access to Operational Systems
  • Incident Management and Reporting
  • Security Convergence for physical and logical Access
  • PACS Integration and consolidation
  • Ability to unify access requests for Employees, Contractors and Visitors

About AlertEnterprise:

AlertEnterprise delivers security convergence solutions for corporate and critical infrastructure protection. AlertEnterprise solutions can analyze and correlate risks across IT systems, physical access control systems, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and other industrial control systems to deliver situational intelligence, incident management and response as well as all aspects of compliance automation. AlertEnterprise enables identity and access management functions for security to be uniformly applied across the domains of IT, physical security and plant industrial control systems. For more information, log on to  www.alertenterprise.com.

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