Endpoint Security , Internet of Things Security , Operational Technology (OT)

Debunking the Myth: Securing OT Is Possible

Rockwell Automation's Mark Cristiano on the Importance of Securing OT Systems
Mark Cristiano, Global Commercial Director, Cybersecurity Services, Rockwell Automation

OT attacks have nearly doubled year-over-year. Amid an increase in the number of attacks, companies are struggling with the complexities of protecting their OT infrastructure, said Mark Cristiano, global commercial director of cybersecurity services at Rockwell Automation.

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Debunking the misconception that industrial control systems are insecure by design, Cristiano advised that organizations can develop a strategic approach to OT security that aligns with their risk profile, cyber maturity and ability to absorb change.

"The first step is getting your arms around what assets are out on that shop floor. That's cyber 101, and IT professionals can help OT with that," he said. "It's identifying those assets, first and foremost. It's quantifying the risk associated with those assets and then prioritizing them. Not every asset needs to be protected the same way."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2023, Cristiano also discusses:

  • How the conversation around OT security has evolved;
  • How traditional IT security personnel can secure their OT systems;
  • How Rockwell Automation is helping customers with their cyber journeys.

Cristiano focuses on developing industrial IoT and cybersecurity programs and managed services for Rockwell's connected services growth initiative, with an emphasis on facilitating IT and OT convergence. He has 30 years of experience in information technology, including 15 years of enterprise and manufacturing systems leadership.


About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.




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