Mitigating OT Cyber Risk With the Fortinet Security Fabric

Digital transformation (DX) is accelerating operational technology (OT)* and information technology (IT) convergence and driving businesses forward. Organizations leverage digital technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and others to optimize operations, improve safety and reliability, and gain a competitive edge. However, despite the many benefits, both the convergence of OT and IT and the increased implementation of digital technologies have expanded the OT attack surface and increased its vulnerability to cyber threats.

Strategies for OT Cybersecurity Leaders

How then can organizations mitigate OT cyber risk? The answer is with the Fortinet Security Fabric, a transformative and unique security architecture. The Security Fabric integrates best-in-class security solutions to provide broad visibility across both the OT and IT attack surface, while automating operations and providing continuous trust assessments. Following five cybersecurity best practices can strengthen the OT cybersecurity posture and components of the Security Fabric map to each of them. In this way, the Fortinet Security Fabric can serve as a secure foundation for converging IT and OT environments.

*OT is synonymous with industrial control systems (ICS). “OT” was coined as a term to contrast with IT, because OT protocols, vendors, and use cases are distinct. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems are an element of OT. SCADA systems use graphical user interfaces for high-level supervisory management of OT/ICS processes.

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Keeping you ahead of threats

The Fortinet Security Fabric continuously assesses the risks and automatically adjusts to provide comprehensive real-time protection across the digital attack surface and cycle.

Powered by FortiOS, the Fabric is the industry’s highest-performing integrated cybersecurity platform with a rich ecosystem. The Fabric enables consistent security across the extended digital attack surface. Seamless interoperability, complete visibility, and granular control are now possible for hybrid deployments including hardware, software, and X-as-a-Service across networks, endpoints, and clouds.

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