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The state of operational technology and cybersecurity

May 26, 2023


Today, the convergence of operational technology (OT) and IT networks is accelerating because organizations can use the data collected by physical equipment and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices to identify issues and increase efficiency. With less siloed IT and OT departments, convergence reduces space requirements and physical hardware. Other benefits include shorter deployment times, cost savings, and higher performance.

However, IT/OT convergence also means cybersecurity is even more critical. Ever-evolving and destructive cyberthreats can target previously air-gapped OT environments and keep many organizations from fully benefiting from OT/IT network integration.

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