The big picture: According to a 2018 Gartner report, only 35% of firms had the chief information security officer’s (CISO) department or an equivalent in charge of their industrial networks — often referred to as operational technology (OT) as opposed to business systems, the traditional IT. But that number is projected to double by 2021.
- “It’s a huge trend in just the last 18 months,” said Amit Yoran, CEO of Tenable and the former director of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.
- “If you go back a couple of years, the OT people were saying, ‘Those guys don’t know anything about OT. We’re separate, we’re standalone, get out of our space. Now they recognize their networks are completely raided by IT systems.”
The key term to know is “IT/OT convergence.” OT and IT used to be church and state, separated by custom and bureaucratic boundaries.