IT & OT Convergence

IT & OT Management & Consulting Services

The rise of Internet of Things (IoT) brings new opportunities and business objectives for industrial base of economy. However, the gap between its main components, Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT), can seriously impact the security and development of the business. IT & OT convergence allows businesses have a better understanding of data produced by OT and better database management within the IT. With established data analytics in place such industries as utilities, manufacturing, finance and health can make predictions and help detect the waste and theft in occurring operations.

5NINES offers a consulting and management services for OT & IT convergence in partnership with industry best tools and providers. Our IT management and cybersecurity consulting partners encompass a complete and comprehensive solution for small and medium-sized manufacturers in the Upper Midwest.

What is OT?

Operational Technology (OT) is hardware and software that detects or causes a change, through the direct monitoring and/or control of industrial equipment, assets, processes and events.

What is IT & OT Convergence?

IT & OT convergence is the integration of Information Technology systems with Operational Technology systems. The main difference between OT and IT is that OT controls physical devices, while IT manages data. The successful integration of IT and OT  can improve productivity of the whole operations. Before you integrate IT & OT systems, it’s important to secure your operational devices, which includes implementing cybersecurity protocols and managing the security of your netwoks.

The Challenge of IT & OT integration

The approach “if you don’t see it, you can’t hack it” does not apply anymore in our digitally connected world. OT has changed from being managed and controlled manually giving the hackers no or little interest to destroy it. Today, online networks and internet brings OT into completely different world. With the convergence of OT & IT, requires CIOs to secure the whole network and operations. And if you’re a DoD supplier, comply with NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC framework requirements or risk of losing an award.

Major Threats of OT

  • High-risk environment
  • Disruption to operations
  • Limited security skills
  • Data protection compliance

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