C-Suite Critical to Managing Safety with Digital Convergence

As enterprises continue on their digital transformations, the convergence of the digital and physical worlds pose risks not only to data but to functional safety as well.

The explosion of the internet of things (IoT) has led to its convergence with operational technology (OT) in industrial control systems (ICS) and the industrial internet of things (IIoT), leaving organizations trying to understand how to best manage safety in an ever-expanding threat landscape.

So that enterprises can better understand how to mitigate both physical and cybersecurity risks, the Ponemon Institute, in partnership with TÜV Rheinland OpenSky, conducted a study of nearly 17,000 cybersecurity practitioners across the U.S. The findings were recently published in an in-depth study entitled,2019 Safety, Security & Privacy in the Interconnected World of IT, OT and IIoT, which examines how practitioners perceive issues related to managing the triage of cybersecurity, safety and privacy risks.

Though the study may not reflect all the concerns organizations struggle with in managing triage in an interconnected world, 73 percent of respondents agreed that convergence is not possible without the support of a chief information officer (CIO). Additionally, 65 percent agreed that convergence can’t be successful without strict safeguards to protect the sharing and use of data that is critical to operations. “The maturity and security posture of companies will increasingly depend upon the successful convergence of IT and OT control systems,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder, Ponemon Institute in a press release. “Our study is unique in demonstrating the importance of the consolidation and integration of cybersecurity, functional safety and data privacy functions within IT and OT control systems.”

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