Forescout joins global cyber security alliance against operational technology threats

The Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance aims to bridge dangerous security gaps in OT and critical infrastructures

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Device visibility specialist Forescout has joined a new global cyber security alliance that aims to provide a technical and organisational framework to defend against operational technology (OT) threats.

The first group of its kind, the Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance (OTCSA) was formed to bridge dangerous security gaps in OT and critical infrastructures, as well as industrial control systems (ICS).

To better protect businesses against the growing risk of these cyber-attacks, the OTCSA says its mission includes strengthening cyber-physical risk posture of OT environments and interfaces of OT/IT interconnectivity, as well as providing guidance for OT operators on how to protect their infrastructure in accordance with international regulations.

The alliance aims to guide OT suppliers on secure system architectures, relevant interfaces and security functionalities, while supporting the entire process and maintenance of their implementation. It will also help accelerate the time to adoption of these safer, more secure setups, Forescout explained.

"Critical infrastructures and industrial control systems are essential to organisation revenue and profits and the global economy," commented Damiano Bolzoni, vice president of industrial and OT business at Forescout.

"As the market leader in device visibility and control, Forescout is committed to collaborating with the industry to establish architectural, implementation and process guidelines that further strengthens the cyber security risk posture and resiliency of operational technology."

The OTCSA is the first industry group focused on improving cyber risk posture by providing tangible architecture, implementation and process guidelines.

As a result, the group says OT operators and solution providers will be able to navigate necessary changes, upgrades and integrations to evolving industry standards and regulations across the entire lifecycle.

Forescout is joined by other industry specialists in creating the OTCSA, including: ABB, Check Point Software, Cylance, Fortinet, Microsoft, Mocana, NCC Group, Qualys, SCADAFence, Splunk and Wrtsil.

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