5 Reasons to keep your OT Network safe

To be out of date means
to be under threat

Modern industry equipment is obsolete at all levels, from the production line machinery to computers and operating systems used at the office. 

All those devices represent a potential danger in terms of cyber security.  That is why it is necessary to point out the essential reasons to keep your OT Network under surveillance.

A dangerous combination:
Obsolete software and old equipment

A few weeks ago the FBI issued a worrying security alert addressed to the private industry. It was an announcement about the official end of life for Windows 7.

The note said the FBI “has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end-of-life status,” and added that “continuing to use Windows 7 within an enterprise may provide cyber criminals access into computer systems.”

The document advised companies to take measures and to do it immediately.

Public Institions Don’t Follow OT Security Recommendations

Despite the FBI announcement, hospitals, schools, and government offices across the world still use Windows 7.

In fact, millions of users and companies are still using it despite the life cycle of Windows 7 ended on 14 January 2020. Since then, Microsoft no longer develops any updates or security patches, even if serious holes are discovered in the system.

In many cases it is because users are comfortable with Windows 7. In others because they do not want to pay for the upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft offered it free for more than a year, but even so few companies updated the software.

In other cases, companies have computers so old that they cannot run Windows 10. The FBI advises investing in new hardware now, rather than lamenting the consequences of a hack or data theft later.

More or less the same happens when you have an old, exposed OT Network running in your factory. Deviation, intruders or malicious code can occur sooner than later.

5 reasons to keep your OT Network monitored and safe

If you are in doubt whether to invest in monitoring or not, there are some evidences that could help to make a decision:

  1. To avoid unauthorized access to steal information or to cause a physical impact that can seriously compromise your system.
  2. By preventing threats you are avoiding financial loss.
  3. An unexpected incident could end in a fatal accident or injury.
  4. A quick detection is essential for a fast and more effective response.
  5. For a company sustained growth is essential to update operational activity information.

 

At ProjectBinder we are committed to help companies to manage any kind of threat or misbehaviour in their industrial regular activity.

Our Transparency team is made up of senior automation engineers, experienced security analysts and data scientists with years of combined experience.

Their common goal is to passively monitor all industrial devices, analyse all regular activity and help you to prevent any kind of menace.

Transparency Make OT Security a Win-Win situation

Have a look at our visual presentation of ProjectBinders OT Transparency service.

Make sure your OT security efforts become a win-win situation for your company.  

Employing the right transparency tools to your OT environment can bring benefits such as identifying inefficient processes and predicting assets that need maintenance. 

This could improve your bottom line and smoothen work procedures on top of improving OT security and the safety of your employees.