The energy industry is expanding, with a footprint encompassing energy generation to distribution. Supply chains span countries, and even cross continental borders. The blending of IT with OT in power plants, however, has fundamentally changed energy from a physical security environment into a target of cyberthreats with no borders to constrain them.
A zero trust model can significantly improve energy industry OT security by eliminating the outdated reliance on perimeter-based protection. Segmenting approved entities with network access, from employees to trusted vendors to remote devices, can help contain damage from cyberattacks. Purpose-built ICS monitoring tools can help boost security, while high performance analytics can increase reliability as well as boost security.
These steps can help to power plant or utility OT leaders to build a substantial protective barrier against attacks. But it can be costly and difficult to develop the expertise to fill every security role with an expert. It’s important to identify a capable, experienced partner with strong credentials in protecting OT viability in the energy industry.
GE Gas Power’s product expertise and operational experience managing cyber risks generates solutions to protect the people and products that power our future. GE Gas Power offers Guardian*, a cybersecurity monitoring solution with capacity for rapid detection of cyber threats and disruptions. Guardian provides high level insight into operational control networks, IT, and cloud assets, helping to keep the energy industry more secure.
In addition, GE’s Power Patch Validation Program (PPVP) keeps control system environments up to date from a security perspective, so OT environments better maintain their integrity against breaches and peak performance levels.
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* Guardian is a registered trademark of Nozomi Networks.