UII UPDATE 261 | JUNE 2024
Intelligence Update

Mitigating OT risk from third-party requests

Data center operators have traditionally looked to air-gapping as a way of protecting operational technology (OT) equipment from external threats. Demand for data from OT systems, however, has created a need for connections into OT environments, and these connections can create vulnerabilities that threaten the security of an OT system —exposing the data center to new risks.

An earlier report (OT protection: is air-gapping the answer?) focused on the challenges data center operators face as they aim to provide better connectivity into their OT environments for automation and remote control. This report outlines considerations regarding third-party access to operator OT environments, such as access to operational reporting data.

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