The Impact of Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards on Security

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Summary

Major changes are occurring in regulations, guidelines and standards for critical infrastructure protection. Information technology and operational technology security will be significantly impacted by these changes, resulting in new approaches to security governance, policy and organization.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • The Evolution of CIP Regulatory Standards
    • The Creation of a Regulatory Standards Process
    • CIP Timeline
    • Recent Events in CIP Guidance and Legislation
  • Analysis
  • Impacts and Recommendations
    • Regulatory standards updates for CIP are released faster than enterprises can implement them, resulting in planning confusion and decision uncertainty for affected industries
    • Terminology in OT security is confusing providers, planners and buyers, resulting in missteps at enterprises in project implementations and management decisions.
    • The latest CIP regulatory guidance and standards reflect a shift away from ad hoc standards-driven planning to top-down, prescriptive approaches, resulting in incorporating CIP as part of an actual security program, rather than tactical security fixes
    • Competing government agendas and industry-specific needs are shaping a sector-specific approach to future CIP regulations, resulting in a more complex future for industry compliance as enterprises shift to new sources of regulation
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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