Oil & gas and other Industrial organizations are increasingly facing cyber threats not only to their information technology (IT) systems, but to their operational technology (OT) environments as well. As OT becomes more connected, digitized, and automated, so the potential for cyber attackers to break in and cause dangerous disruptions or overrides increases with It. Accidents and unemotional exposures have also caused major incidents. That's why there should be an increasing focus on ensuring that OT environments are secure and subject to the same kind of good practice safeguards as in the IT domain.
The convergence of OT and IT means that organizations must bridge the gap between the two environments - people, processes, and systems to build a smarter, more secure network with high visibility to monitor and control both environments.
This brings us to an important point: to what extent is it useful anymore to distinguish OT from IT? As the two domains get closer to each other, a lot of OT is IT. Whether you look at OT or at IT, it's technology that they both come down to. The choice to keep them as separate environments will increasingly diminish. This blending is becoming more visible in some interesting ways, such as the rise across industrial organizations of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). It is CTOs to whom they are often looking to lead the change, comprising both IT and OT. The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) remains a key role for security, and as OT security becomes a priority.