How Effective is My OT Asset Inventory?

An important foundational capability for operational technology (OT) cybersecurity is an accurate and detailed OT asset inventory. Without such an inventory, it is impossible to have the visibility necessary to understand and reduce risk. Fundamental questions, such as the following, simply cannot be answered:Which of my OT assets has connectivity to the public internet (directly or indirectly)?Which systems and... Read more

PAS Releases Modular OT Cybersecurity Solution, Announces New OT Inventory Assessment Service

Industrial managers are more aware than ever of the risk cyber threats pose to operational technology (OT), production safety, and reliability. However, programs to prevent, detect, and remediate threats to critical OT systems have not received the same level of focus as traditional IT systems. As a recent CISA alert notes, threat actors continue to demonstrate their willingness to target critical infrastructure (Alert AA20... Read more

Extending Complimentary Access to PAS University
e-Learning Courses

In March of this year, I announced free access to PAS University eCampus through the end of June. With many of our customers working from home, we thought it would be a good time to help them become more familiar with industry topics such as alarm management and OT cybersecurity, as well as obtain a deeper understanding of PAS solutions. The response to our offer was greater than we could have hoped. To date, over 600... Read more

OT/ICS Asset Identification: Using Configuration Analysis for a Complete OT Asset Inventory

At PAS, we advocate industrial companies create a comprehensive inventory of their OT/ICS assets. Without a comprehensive understanding of your OT assets, effectively managing cybersecurity risk and ensuring reliable operations is just not possible.According to the SANS 2019 State of OT/ICS Cybersecurity Survey, asset identification was the No. 1 concern among respondents. Unfortunately, despite its importance, OT asset... Read more

How OT Cybersecurity is Improved by Process Safety Best Practices

At PAS, we are passionate about process safety and cybersecurity. Working with our industrial customers over many years, we have jointly developed best practices for improving process safety (a very popular one is the 7-step methodology for alarm management). Many of these best practices are also valuable to reducing operational technology (OT) cyber risk.But first, a bit about the traditional approach to IT... Read more

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