Industrial strength security health
This is why security hygiene needs to be an organizational priority—and it requires the right game plan. First, emergencies need handling and weaknesses need uncovering. Second, you need a treatment plan for any issues found. Third, you need to ensure ongoing care and prevention. With a security assessment, companies can establish a baseline understanding of their existing security posture and begin to develop an effective long-term strategy for maintaining overall system health and hygiene.
A typical assessment entails several key components:
- Information gathering and documentation relating to an organization’s people, architecture, and technology.
- Review and analysis of documents detailing network configuration, topology, policies, and other relevant aspects unique to an organization
- Onsite interviews and inspection with subject matter experts for additional technical and contextual understanding not apparent from documentation reviews alone
- Onsite technical testing to assess and evaluate the cybersecurity posture of assets
- Offline data analysis and application of best practices methodology to assess risks
- Risk assessment to identify sources of vulnerabilities, determine security posture, prioritize potential risks, and provide a remediation roadmap
- A report of the findings that includes recommended mitigations based on prioritized risks
There are many benefits of an assessment in the discovery of the current security posture. Via a comprehensive report and workbook that maps out the potential risks for each system analyzed, enabling immediate security risk remediation, as well as long-term financial planning and resource justification. Best practices methodologies identify key risks and dictate necessary strategies for overall improved security posture.
To address the vulnerabilities, you need security solutions purpose-built for industrial and process control environments. Solutions should have a modular platform designed for scale to accommodate complex industrial control system (ICS) and SCADA systems and provide full network visibility, control, and protection. It should interoperate with traditional or next-gen firewalls to provide the right design for your IT-OT security transition zone, to best protect your processes and control systems, all without the need for network re-engineering or downtime. Additionally, industrial customers should expect device manufacturers to certify that their products have passed stringent security assessment throughout the product development life cycle.