Operational Technology (OT) Security

FACED WITH MODERN CYBERCRIME, INDUSTRIAL CONTROL SYSTEMS AND INDUSTRY IOT SOLUTIONS FALL EASY PREY TO BOTH TRIVIAL AND SOPHISTICATED ATTACKS. WE PROVIDE SOLUTIONS THAT FOCUS ON INDUSTRIAL DEFENSE SMARTLY – USING DETECTION/RESPONSE APPROACHES THAT BEST FIT THESE ENVIRONMENTS.

OT security

The security of industrial control systems (ICS) and industry IoT solutions seems to be in the headlines lately, mostly due to high-profile attacks against critical infrastructure which can have caused loss of critical services (electricity, ATC,…), environmental damage, and even loss of life. These digital systems interact with the physical world, making their risks felt even outside the digital world.

ICS systems have traditionally relied on isolation and obscurity to mitigate the risk of digital attacks. With increasing connectivity between classic IT and operational technology (OT) worlds, isolation gradually disappears, and due to standardization and vulnerability research, obscurity is no longer a viable defense.

This leaves OT/ICS systems increasingly open to risk, and exposes critical services to internal and external actors. With complexity and dynamicity rising, things seem to be only getting worse for the defenders.

Solution Description

The traditional answer to risk management – using historically successful IT preventive controls, such as hardening, patching, SDLC, active vulnerability assessment, tight access control – cannot succeed quickly in the OT/ICS world, where processes and people are used to operating mission-critical systems with only safety in mind, where change management runs at a different pace, and where trust between components is the norm. To secure these complex systems today, a different approach is needed.

To address the problem today, Conscia proposes a detective approach, where we observe OT/ICS systems in real-time, and quickly respond to any suspicious or anomalous behavior seen. This provides the following benefits:

  • Fast (minutes to hours) detection of intruders and malicious code, enabling extremely quick response processes to limit damage and business loss. In comparison, in the 2015 Ukraine power distribution attacks, the attackers spent 6 months examining the target ICS.
  • No change and no interference with existing OT applications and processes, to ensure uninterrupted operations using today’s technology.

Our solution is based on OT network data capture and anomaly-based analysis and detection using completely passive network sensors at the customer site. By creating baselines of known good system behavior, we are able to detect suspicious or malicious deviations, as well as known, specific attacks against the system.

Our solution can be operated by the end customer, or managed by the Conscia Security Operations Center (SOC) service, where analysts trained in ICS/OT risks and vulnerabilities react to alerts, helped by extensive automation.

Why choose Conscia OT Security Solutions?

Conscia has decades of experience in customizing security solutions to specific environments, our core differentiators being:

  • Experience: We have been creating enterprise and service provider security solutions for more than 20 years.
  • Speed: We can engage quickly using our pre-defined practices.
  • Cost effectiveness: Our managed OT/ICS SOC services are several times more cost-effective than a comparable in-house solution.

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In OT networks, typically, all focus is on keeping the network up and running. In general, as few changes as possible in these networks are preferred to minimize production outages. Yet, the vulnerabilities of the OT systems can significantly increase the risk of industrial espionage and sabotage.

But then, how to secure the OT networks? One very efficient approach is by using network segmentation. Download the whitepaper to learn more.

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