Asset visibility plays a vital role in operational technology (OT) cybersecurity. Whether they’re running industrial control systems (ICS) or industrial internet of things (IIoT) devices, when organizations continuously inventory and classify which assets are truly running in their facilities, it becomes a whole lot easier to protect the entire OT environment.
Solid asset visibility smooths the way for more easily discovering latent vulnerabilities, insecure configurations, and rogue assets on OT networks. With a comprehensive asset inventory, security teams can figure out if new threats apply to their environments more quickly and they can respond faster to security incidents as they unfold. Additionally, a clear picture of an OT asset portfolio gives OT and security decision-makers better information for planning out their cybersecurity roadmap and complying with security and safety regulations.
Unfortunately, many organizations today struggle to get a clear view of the OT assets running in their industrial facilities. Dragos consultants report that 86% of Dragos’s services customers have have extremely limited or no visibility into the assets in their OT environment when they first engage with them. In order to reap the benefits of OT asset visibility, OT asset owners and cybersecurity teams must be able to work to put in the tools and processes that can effectively and efficiently:
• Discover OT assets
• Identify assets correctly
• Create and continuously update an asset inventory
• Classify assets
• Operationalize asset visibility
This report will examine in depth the reasons why industrial organizations should focus first on OT asset visibility to move the needle on OT cybersecurity. It will also dive into what it takes to establish OT asset visibility, maintain it, and eventually get the most out of the work that’s been done.