Critical Infrastructure Security, Governance, Risk and Compliance

New cyber coalition seeks to bolster industrial system protections

Cybersecurity firms Check Point, Fortinet, and ABB, along with manufacturers Blackberry, Honeywell, and Coca-Cola have joined forces to establish the Operational Technology Cybersecurity Coalition, which seeks to strengthen cybersecurity protections for industrial systems following significant attacks during the past few years, according to The Register. The OTCSA does not only want to bolster threat intelligence-sharing but also improve information collection as it aims to help facilitate the creation of new cybersecurity regulations. A survey cited by the group showed that while 90% of organizations experienced infrastructure attacks during the past 24 months that resulted in confidential information exposure and operational disruptions, 80% of the impacted organizations reported inadequate asset visibility. "As the historical isolation, or "air gap," that previously protected OT disappears, the increased convergence of IT and OT networks—along with the adoption of IT technologies into process control and automation systems—is making OT increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks," said OTCSA.

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