Is your manufacturing plant robust enough to protect Operational Technologies?
Oct, 24 2019 | Operational Technologies, SCADA
Organized cybercriminals are leaving no stone unturned to inflict huge losses to organizations. The financial impact of data breaches is increasing and the IT security teams in most of the industries are facing a myriad of challenges, mainly related to access controls.
Manufacturing organizations are no exception. Cyber crooks target Operational Technologies (OT) such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Industrial Control Systems (ICS), which are computing systems used to manage and control industrial operations such as mining operations or automobile production line management.
Typically OT installations are not advanced enough in terms of security to mitigate threats like unauthorized access to critical IT infrastructure. For instance, most of the IT infrastructure still offer basic-level authentication sans granular level control, which is critical to ensure rule and role-based restrictive access to control rooms. Many installations are still operated without any automation for example, staff access to control rooms is physically restricted, or systems are accessed using VPN.
The Bottom Line
Just like administrative operations, industrial operations face access control and authentication challenges. Critical systems face imminent data breach or unauthorized access risks from malefactors be it malicious insider or organized cyber criminals
Thus it is extremely important for the organizations to integrate Privileged Access Management (PAM) into Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to ensure seamless controlling and monitoring of users’ access to target systems. ARCON | PAM’s advanced features such as Authorization, Password Vaulting, Multi-factor Authentication, Session Monitoring and Granular level access control build a robust security framework to secure OTs.
ARCON is a leading enterprise risk control solutions provider, specializing in risk-predictive technologies. ARCON | User Behaviour Analytics enables to monitor end-user activities in real time. ARCON | Privileged Access Management reinforces access control and mitigates data breach threats. ARCON | Endpoint Privilege Management mitigates risks arising out of endpoints. ARCON | Secure Compliance Management is a vulnerability assessment tool.