Operational technology (OT)* networks, which control equipment in critical infrastructure such as utilities and manufacturing assembly lines, have traditionally been kept separate from IT networks. Recently,  AI and big data analytics promise to bring improved outcomes to OT networks resulting in the integration of IT and OT networks.

This expands the digital attack surface, exposing OT networks to attacks coming from IT networks.

OT breaches are now commonplace. To thwart attacks and minimize OT risk, implement five best practices: 1) increase network visibility, 2) segment networks, 3) analyze traffic for threats, 4) enforce identity and access management, and 5) secure both wired and wireless access. Read more about these best practices in this guide from Fortinet.

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