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OT Cybersecurity Trends and Tools

From the Global Maritime Cybersecurity Consortium, by Kyle Miller, Booz Allen Hamilton


Today’s maritime and global transportation organizations rely on a vast array of Operational Technology (OT) systems to support their day-to-day operations. From the systems at the port to the onboard navigation, propulsion, steering, communication, power, and environmental systems, their technology is relied upon to keep the world moving. With innovations in maritime technology, and advancements in the interconnectedness and complexity among these systems, comes additional potential for cyber-related attackers to penetrate, disrupt, and damage operations.


Given the increasing attack surface of OT systems, an escalation in OT focused attacks has been observed over the past several years and this is expected to increase in the future at the hands of nation states and cyber criminals. While protecting against this advancing threat is no small feat and requires a combination of people, process, and technology, there are several steps that can be taken to reduce cyber risk and increase resilience. The maritime transportation industry understands the critical role these systems play, and that in this constantly evolving cyber environment, knowing your risk surface and building in cyber resilience is critical.


We invite you to join our OT Cybersecurity training session at the upcoming Maritime Cybersecurity Summit where we’ll discuss OT cybersecurity challenges as well as the strategies and tools that can be used to help mitigate cyber risk in the maritime transportation industry and beyond. Starting with a quick overview of OT systems and their differences with IT, we will dive into the trends and emerging threats they face, discuss strategies for protecting them, and provide a demonstration of some of the OT cybersecurity specific tools available to identify, detect, and respond to threats in OT environments. We will discuss the different pieces to build a successful OT cybersecurity program including selecting the right tools, building the advocacy across the organization, and completing scaled deployments in a sustainable manner. We will also discuss best practices and lessons learned from our experience designing, implementing, and running such large-scale OT cybersecurity programs across a variety of industries.


Join us for this informative training session and discover how OT Cybersecurity and the threats facing OT systems across industry have evolved the past several years. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights and learn about strategies that can significantly impact your organization’s OT cybersecurity posture.


This session will be led by Booz Allen’s Vice President of Infrastructure Cybersecurity, Kyle Miller. Kyle has spent his career focused on the unique challenge of securing OT systems across various critical infrastructure sectors including transportation, manufacturing, oil & gas, defense, energy, and water/wastewater. Today, Kyle oversees the firm's Infrastructure Cybersecurity portfolio within the Global Commercial account where he is responsible for leading Booz Allen’s OT Cybersecurity, Enterprise IT Cybersecurity, and Converged Resilience practices.

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