Operational Security

What is Operational Technology?

OT, or operational technology, is the practice of using hardware and software to control industrial equipment, and it primarily interacts with the physical world.

Where is operational technology used?

Operational technology is everywhere- one can find it in industrial operations in the smart factory, transportation, oil & gas, mining, in the utility industry including electricity and water supply chains, and in facilities such as office buildings and healthcare facilities.

What is the primary security objective in OT environments?

Maintaining control of all physical assets to ensure their safe operation at all times is the primary objective of OT cybersecurity and overrides all other concerns.

What is IT/OT convergence?

The merging of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems are known as IT/OT convergence. OT systems monitor events, processes, and devices, and make modifications in enterprise and industrial operations, while IT systems are utilized for data-centric computing. The worlds of IT and OT are merging nowadays. The internet of things (IoT) and big data analytics are allowing the digital information world to see, understand, and impact the physical operational world in a systematic way. IT/OT convergence, when done correctly, may combine business operations, insights, and controls into a single consistent environment.

What is an example of operational technology?

Examples of operational technology include plant floor control systems, hospital diagnostic and monitoring systems, transportation control systems, automated teller machines (ATMs), civil infrastructure (e.g., tollway automation and water management), and more

What is the difference between IT and OT?

IT systems are used for data-centric computing; OT systems monitor events, processes, and devices, and make adjustments in enterprise and industrial operations.

What are the three types of security controls?

There are three primary classifications of security controls. These contain management security, operational security, and physical security controls.

What are the challenges for OT security?

Some common challenges with OT security are-

  • Lack of security awareness among OT staff
  • Lack of visibility into all of the OT systems on the manufacturing floor
  • Shared network infrastructure within the manufacturing floor between systems
  • Inability to address security issues by patching the OT systems
  • Increased attack surface with the increase in OT/IT convergence
  • Remote maintenance of OT systems occurs over the internet
  • Providing access to third parties for remote monitoring and maintenance
  • Different plants within the same company have completely different OT environments.

What is OPSEC and why is it important?

Operations security (OPSEC) is a crucial element in creating defense systems to secure sensitive data and maintain necessary confidentiality. The organization's OPSEC officer needs to be aware of the variety of dangers that face his work in order to establish an efficient operations security program.

What are the components of Industrial Automation?

The main components are-

  • PLC - Programmable Logic Controller
  • DCS- Distributed control system
  • SCADA
  • Advance Solutions
  • Cyber Security
  • OT

What is PLC?

An industrial control system called a PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLER (PLC) continuously evaluates the status of input devices and decides how to regulate the state of output devices based on a unique program. A PLC monitors inputs and makes decisions based on its program and controls outputs to automate a process or machine.

What is DCS?

A manufacturing plant control system with autonomous controllers dispersed across it is known as a distributed control system, or DCS for short. There are now more effective ways to raise control stability, process quality, and plant productivity thanks to the dispersion of control system design throughout the facility.

What is SCADA?

SCADA stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems.


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