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A strategic Approach to IT and OT Convergence – What are the key Elements to Success?

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Andy Bochman , Idaho National Laboratory, Sr. Cyber and Energy Security Strategist

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Rick Kaun , Verve Industrial Protection, VP of Solutions

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Lenin Maran , SMUD, Supervisor, EMS – Systems, Security & Compliance; Grid Operations

As businesses efficiency drivers have increased the need to gain better visibility of operational processes, the convergence of IT and OT has quickly become imperative and raised serious challenges. When it comes to security, we are no longer able to think of OT environments as distinct and separate from enterprise IT networks. We must however continue to appreciate that their uniqueness to make them secure without compromising operational efficiency and safety. With fundamental differences in both mindset and process in IT and OT, what are the pain points and what have been hallmarks of successful convergence projects that have overcome them?

  • Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability vs Safety, Reliability and Productivity
  • Building an orchestrated platform with best of breed IT security tools fully supported and tested by ICS Engineers
  • Integration across OEM platforms
  • IT/OT pairing on projects

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