Gartner Research

How to Organize IT/OT Security for Success

Published: 29 January 2014

ID: G00246897

Analyst(s): Earl Perkins

Summary

IT/OT convergence is expanding the management responsibilities of CISOs and security organizations. A fresh, balanced approach will help organizations mature by budgeting for cross-training, emphasizing mentoring, hiring a lead specialist and cultivating an inclusive, trust-based culture.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • CISOs and Their Direct Reports Must Become Intimately Familiar With OT Environments in Order to Understand the New Control Environments to Be Protected. Budget for Cross-Training Across IT Security and OT Teams.
  • Hire or Cultivate a Lead IT/OT Security Architect With Industry-Specific Domain Knowledge Who Is Skilled at Negotiation and Can Manage Key Governance and Architecture Decisions Across Internal Teams.
  • Address Urgent Issues That OT Management Has Now, Such as Regulatory Compliance, System Upgrades and Risk Assessments Across OT and IT. Leverage Best Practices in Risk Management and IT Security for OT.
  • Be Inclusive of OT Review Teams in All Security Technology Procurement Decisions for Either OT or IT. There Can No Longer Be a Unilateral Decision on OT or IT Purchases Where Security Is a Critical Consideration.

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