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OT vulnerabilities on the rise

25 March 2018

A recent report from cybersecurity management company, Skybox Security, identified a 120% increase in new vulnerabilities specific to operational technology (OT) compared to the previous year.

According to the report, this increase is of particular concern as many organisations have poor or non-existent visibility of the OT network, especially when it comes to vulnerabilities as active scanning is generally prohibited.

“OT is too often in the dark, and that means security management isn’t getting the full picture of cyber risk in their organisation,” said Marina Kidron, senior security analyst and group leader of the Skybox Research Lab. “Even when patchable vulnerabilities are identified, OT engineers are understandably hesitant to install the update, as it could disrupt services, cause equipment damage or even risk life and limb. Organisations with OT networks need to have strategies in place not just for OT vulnerability assessment and patching prioritisation, but also to unify such processes with those in the IT network to truly understand and manage risk.”

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