IT and OT networks were already becoming more interconnected due to digital transformation, and the COVID-19-induced shift to remote work has accelerated their convergence even more. These combined forces have created an acutely expanded attack surface and volume of alerts for cybersecurity teams to manage.
According to Gartner, “For those organizations whose cybersecurity operations capabilities are tuned to monitor events from their standard operating environment, the abrupt shift to a predominantly remote operating model could see events of cybersecurity interest being missed by the cybersecurity operations team. This will in large part be a result of the relocation of workers to new premises or to a remote working mode that suddenly expands the scope and complexity of the operating environment.”
“Receiving vulnerability alerts in real-time is a must-have for our multinational mining, metals, and petroleum operations,” said Thomas Leen, VP Cybersecurity of BHP.
Some security experts conclude that many enterprises are vulnerable and likely already compromised but don’t know it.
The Claroty survey, The Critical Convergence of IT and OT Security in a Global Crisis, revealed that 51% of U.S.-based respondents say their organization is now more of a target for cyber criminals compared to before COVID-19, with a striking 67% having seen cyber criminals use new tactics to target their organization.
Claroty said it has enhanced the The Claroty Platform to include remote incident management as a fully integrated capability that spans the entire incident lifecycle. The platform now enables cybersecurity teams to detect, investigate, and respond to security incidents on OT networks across the broadest attack surface area securely and seamlessly from any location.
“Arming cybersecurity teams with the ability to detect, investigate, and respond to not only asset-based attacks, but also to identity-based attacks, is at the heart of the new enhancements to The Claroty Platform,” said Grant Geyer, chief product officer of Claroty.