Industrial Defender releases first investigative report on the state of OT cybersecurity | National

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – August 24, 2022 – (

Industrial Defender, an innovation leader in operational technology (OT) cybersecurity, today released the results of its inaugural 2022 State of OT Cybersecurity Research Study. The research survey was conducted by 101 OT/ICS security professionals across 10 industries between October 2021 and May 2022. The results show that organizations are focused on addressing specific gaps and overlaps in OT security, while trying to better integrate with overall IT security strategies and Goals.

“Our research indicates that rapidly changing cybersecurity threats and cybersecurity-related compliance regulations, as well as staffing shortages, are creating demand for security solutions and programs that can enable OT teams to defend more their organization’s unique environments effectively,” said Jay Williams. , CEO of Industrial Defender. “The current landscape requires a new commitment from IT and OT teams and senior management, to create formalized transformation programs that strategically close the technology and talent gaps that ultimately impede the achievement of end-to-end cyber resilience.”

Key findings from Industrial Defender’s 2022 State of OT Cybersecurity Research Report include:

  • The unique constraints of OT environments require multiple paths to security and compliance.

Teams deploy multiple platforms and solutions to protect their control environments, layering passive and manual collection tools over other solutions. There is a wide distribution of governance models, with organizations split almost evenly between being led by IT, OT, or via shared responsibility.

  • People-related challenges go beyond technology-centric issues.

Budget limitations are the biggest barrier to OT security success with lack of internal expertise and lagging internal policies showing that many OT teams face people-related barriers to doing their jobs successfully .

  • The main drivers of the risk management strategy are mostly external.

Most respondents, at 39%, were more focused on complying with government regulations, while 35% were driven by fear of the attacks themselves.

  • OT leaders strive to stay clear of a rapidly changing threat landscape.

The survey period, October 2021 to May 2022, saw an industry further absorb the impact of Colonial, as concerns about Russia and Ukraine grew. Respondents ranked ransomware as the current top driver of security strategy, at 62%, followed by concerns about attacks from hostile nation states.

  • Most organizations are committed to moving away from manual data collection processes wherever possible.

When we asked respondents about future plans for data collection, it is clear that both passive and active data collection methods have a role to play.

To download the full 2022 State of OT Cybersecurity Research Report, visit

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