Fortinet Report: Threat Actors Are Increasingly Targeting Indian OT Organizations

John Maddison, Chief Marketing Officer at Fortinet “Fortinet’s 2024 State of Operational Technology and Cybersecurity Report shows that while OT organizations are making progress in strengthening their security posture, teams still face significant challenges in securing converged IT/OT environments. Adopting essential tools and capabilities to enhance visibility and protections across the entire network will be vital for these organizations when it comes to reducing the mean time to detection and response and ultimately reduce the overall risk of these environments.

Fortinet®, the global cybersecurity leader driving the convergence of networking and security, announced the findings from its global 2024 State of Operational Technology and Cybersecurity Report. The results represent the current state of operational technology security and highlight opportunities for continued improvement for organizations to secure an ever-expanding IT,OT threat landscape. In addition to trends and insights impacting OT organizations, the report offers best practices to help IT and OT security teams better secure their environments.  While this year’s report indicates that organizations have made progress in the past 12 months related to advancing their OT security posture, there are still critical areas for improvement as IT and OT network environments continue to converge.

“The critical nature of OT and ICS systems in infrastructure, healthcare, and manufacturing elevates their risk. This year’s OT report highlights positive signs of OT security maturing, from establishing visibility and segmentation at the basic level to leveraging orchestration and automation capabilities at the highest level. To further advance in maturity and readiness, organizations need to leverage segmentation to
create defensible OT architecture, establish visibility and protective controls for OT assets, and integrate OT into security operations and incident response planning to ensure comprehensive protection and collaboration across IT, OT, and production teams.” Vishak Raman, Vice President of Sales, India, SAARC, SEA & ANZ at Fortinet

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