In the past, Operational Technology (OT) has relied on isolated networks. While the interconnection of IT and OT promises major business benefits, what do you see as the main reason for hesitation when connecting OT with IT?

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There’s no one answer to the problem of hesitation, IMO some of the more common reasons for keeping OT isolated are fear, uncertainty and doubt. OT isn’t managed by IT (in most cases) and success metrics or KPIs are different. Merging the two networks successfully requires leadership focusing on removing silos and using a “systems” approach. Another reason is that OT is often made up of protocols, equipment and providers that IT security teams aren’t familiar with. So, without leadership focus on driving a higher set of benefits, both operations and IT hesitate because they are NOT measured on creating value from a connection, they are most often measured on limiting risk.
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made excellent comments regarding the complexity of the OT (which tends to be legacy, often by necessity not choice) & IT (which tends to be more open to change) relationship. There's no easy solution here. Possibly, we need more innovation for bridging the gap. Here's an example - New technology shows promise in detecting and blocking grid cyberattacks https://techxplore.com/news/2021-07-technology-blocking-grid-cyberattacks.html
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