Scottish Enterprise funding has supported Digital Technologies Group in their development of an innovative Cyber Assessment Tool, specifically designed to help manufacturing and supply chains increase their Operational Technology cyber resilience.
“As organisations adopt industry 4.0, installing complex digital technologies to deliver efficiencies using big data and smart analytics, they are becoming more dependent than ever on digital networks.
“Traditionally, industrial, or Operational Technology (OT) systems were fully managed by humans, with no connection to the outside world, making them an insignificant target for hackers.
However, with potentially hundreds of insecure devices now connected around an industrial plant, hackers often use OT devices as a backdoor into larger corporate networks – generating a new wave of security risks that businesses must address.”
DTG’s Cyber Assessment Tool (CAsT) identifies security weaknesses in OT systems and offers solutions to increase an organisations resilience to emerging cyber threats. By creating visibility of risks and modelling the impact of proposed changes, CAsT can protect business and digital operations from the detrimental effects and disruption of cybercrime.
“The first step to identifying your cyber vulnerabilities is building an accurate inventory of all assets.
“Many organisations don’t know how many assets they own or their exact location, so it’s not surprising there are security discrepancies.”
Through data collection, CAsT compiles a detailed OT asset inventory, identifies security weaknesses, and proposes risk reduction solutions. Using data visualisation software, these proposed solutions can be simulated, making it easy for decision makers to address their immediate OT cybersecurity needs and incrementally tackle less significant risks.
Scotland’s national economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise, awarded DTG with a Business Support Grant for Research and Development, which was instrumental in the design and construction of CAsT.
“We are delighted to have been able to support DTG with the development of this exciting product.
“Driving innovation to grow the Scottish economy is our primary goal, particularly in the digital space, and we see CAsT as playing a vital role in helping organisations safely embrace digitalisation and new technologies whilst effectively managing their associated increased cyber risk.”
“We are extremely grateful to Scottish Enterprise for the funding we received to develop, what we believe to be, a breakthrough OT cybersecurity solution in critical infrastructure and process industries.”
If your organisation is transforming its operations by taking advantage of the latest operational technologies, you must put an effective industrial cybersecurity strategy in place. This starts with CAsT.
By Digital Technologies Group