Industrial operations are at a critical juncture. Digital transformation and Industrie 4.0 hold great potential to unlock new business value by harnessing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), 5G, Big Data, and Operational Technology (OT). However, the increase in technology complexity, smarter hackers, and active nation-states are expanding the attack surface and industrial cyber threat, putting at greater risk process safety, reliability, and profitability.
At PAS, we believe industrial operations must increase focus on cybersecurity while maintaining continuous vigilance on process safety. Stated simply, organizations need to ensure OT integrity in the face of unprecedented opportunity and risk.
That’s why I’m excited to share PAS is announcing new versions of our Cyber Integrity and PlantState Integrity (formerly PlantState Suite) products and a new product, Decision Integrity. These new offerings optimize the integrity of industrial assets and reduce cyber risk, improve process safety and reliability, and ensure OT data health.
- PAS Cyber Integrity prevents, detects, and remediates industrial cyber threats. Version 6.5 introduces an enhanced user experience for OT asset inventory and data collection and transfer. This release also provides support for multiple integration methods (REST API, Syslog, SQL, CSV, SDK), integration with Darktrace, and Microsoft Windows event analytics;
- PAS PlantState Integrity reduces process safety risks and optimizes profitability. Version 8.7 introduces enhancements to Independent Protection Layer (IPL) Assurance that include sensor monitoring and voting, analysis filtering, and process trip reporting. This release also includes an expanded dashboard widget library and easy-to-use custom Wizard Widget functionality;
- PAS Decision Integrity enables trusted data for decision-making. Version 1.0 leverages our 120+ digital twins of industrial control systems and capabilities from PAS Automation Integrity and PlantState Integrity to provide OT data health monitoring (data chain accuracy and visualization), data lake enrichment (OT configurations, references, context), and OT edge analytics (for operational and safety risk).
PlantState Integrity 8.7 is available now, and the other new product releases will be generally available by the end of March.
The ability to operate securely, safely, and profitably has never been more challenging as digitalization efforts open up operational technology systems and expand the cyber attack surface. Most industrial organizations are still struggling to build and maintain OT asset inventories and establish effective configuration change management practices.
As Larry O’Brien, Vice President of Research at ARC Advisory Group, says:
“The scope of OT assets is broad, and not all these devices are readily detectable on IP-based networks. Having visibility all the way down to the device level is necessary to build good configuration management and management of change practices. It’s one thing to build an asset inventory, but configuration management is equally critical to threat response and recovery.”
And Gartner recently said in their November 2019 Market Guide for Operational Technology Security:
“Business stakeholders require significant changes in network connectivity between traditional OT systems and information-focused IT systems that use OT data to gain competitive advantage, optimize uptime, and develop new products and services.”
“Looking ahead, although 5G’s high capacity, wireless flexibility and low latency will eventually make it a choice to support OT, the abundance of data flows and connection points will grow exponentially, thereby increasing threat vectors and risk.”
We believe industrial organizations must find a better way forward by managing cybersecurity, process safety, and digitalization in an integrated fashion. PAS customer engagements across the globe are confirming the value of simultaneously optimizing safety, reliability, and profitability by ensuring OT integrity.
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We are proud to work with 13 of the top 15 refining, 13 of the top 15 chemical, 4 of the top 5 pulp and paper, 3 of the top 5 mining, and 7 of the top 20 power generation companies in the world.
And we look forward to working with you to ensure OT integrity now and in the future.