Gartner Research

Growth of IT/OT Convergence Creates Risks of Enterprise Failure

Published: 12 February 2013

ID: G00246907

Analyst(s): Partha Iyengar , John Mahoney, John P. Roberts, Kristian Steenstrup


This research identifies why and how the growing convergence of IT and OT is creating enterprise-level risks and what to do about them. Boards of directors in asset- and process-intensive industries, as well as associated regulators, should understand these risks and address them.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Growth of OT Increases Risks of Enterprise Failure
    • Why We Think This Trend Will Happen in This Way
    • Why This Trend Might Not Happen as We Expect

Impacts and Recommendations

  • An ineffective or tardy response to IT/OT convergence is an enterprise-class risk that should be of concern to the boards of directors and chief risk officers
  • Growth of IT/OT convergence increases enterprise-class security risks, particularly in relation to the Internet of Things, for IT and OT leaders in asset- and process-intensive industries
  • Growth of converged IT and OT puts new demands on governance and decision making for IT and OT leaders in asset- and process-intensive industries
  • OT growth and IT/OT convergence require OT and IT vendors and emerging hybrid ones to extend their capabilities and sourcing models to encompass current and future converged technologies

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