The backbone of IT and operational efficiency, as well as delivering innovative customer experiences, is the integration of technology and data.
To facilitate this integration, connectivity between networks and devices has grown significantly over the last 10 years. According to IDC, there will be 55.7 billion connected IoT devices (or “things”) by 2025, generating almost 80B zettabytes (ZB) of data. The pandemic, which forced many into remote work and increased the need for digital services and smarter devices, accelerated the convergence between Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT).
However, this union of IT networks and OT/IoT devices also has created significant security vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities are workloads which are not part of the traditional IT security infrastructure. They include device applications, data to and from these applications, and the network resources that connect people to devices.
According to Don Stroberg, CEO of Onclave Networks, while OT/IoT devices and systems use IT networks, “they are not often visible by IT network security solutions, lack encryption, and have security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by bad actors. As a result, there is a greater need for operational resilience and to centralize governance for all OT, IoT, Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).”
Stroberg adds that as Operational Technology (OT) continues to connect to IT systems, and newly designed cyber-physical systems (CPS) are deployed, “OT security is evolving from network-centric security to CPS asset-centric security.” In short, there is a need for new security solutions that are designed for the connected devices that make up today’s OT.
What are some of the key features of Operational Technology Security?
How does Onclave provide enhanced cybersecurity?
One of the great differentiators of Onclave’s TrustedPlatform™ is that it provides a network overlay that goes beyond traditional microsegmentation by cryptographically securing OT and IoT workloads on IT networks. By identifying each segment and wrapping it in cryptographically secure enclaves, Onclave secures the pathways from connected devices to the network, whether it is on-premises or in the cloud. This effectively stops attackers from using your most vulnerable systems to attack and gain access to your most critical infrastructure and data.
In addition to securing OT and IoT workloads, Onclave’s TrustedPlatform™ provides internal management and automation of all identities, certificates and trust keys without the need of special training, agents or additional staff. This simplifies management and helps to lower costs.
Lastly, Onclave recognizes the challenges the CTOs, CIOs, and other IT professionals have in managing security across their organization. Not only are IT professionals faced with juggling high volumes of work, limited staff, and budget constraints, but there is a vast and seemingly endless number of vendors offering cybersecurity / network security solutions. There is a better approach to address these growing security challenges. Onclave can work with you to help prioritize your OT/IoT security risks on your IT network – saving time, management overhead, costs, risks, and complexity to meet your current and future security needs and requirements.
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