Gartner Research

Market Guide for Operational Technology Security

Published: 05 November 2019

ID: G00370177

Analyst(s): Katell Thielemann , Barika Pace , Wam Voster , Ruggero Contu


Operational technology security products and services are evolving to support a market in transition. Here, we provide security and risk management leaders with an overview of the state of the market and directions to best leverage the evolving types of OT security offerings available.

Table Of Contents

Market Definition

  • Market Description

Market Direction

  • Increase in Incidents
  • Increase in Zero-Day Vulnerability Disclosures
  • Increase in Government Regulations, Frameworks and Direct Involvement
  • Increased Connectivity
  • “Who Owns Security” Organizational Soul Searching
  • Cost and Efficiency
  • Skills Shortage and Complexity Lead to Increased Interest in Outsourcing
  • Emerging Technologies

Market Analysis

  • A Few Technical Security Areas Continue to Dominate, as Others Emerge
  • Narrow Scope Point Solutions Will Be Challenged
  • OT Security Services Are on the Rise
  • The Passive Versus Active Security Discussion Is Becoming More Nuanced
  • Nascent Cloud-Based Offerings Are Evolving
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Partnerships are on the Rise, Affecting the Vendor Landscape

Representative Vendors

Market Recommendations

  • Reassess Their OT Security Vendor Landscape Considering Changing Market Dynamics
  • Discover, Classify and Manage All Connected Devices to Ascertain Current Risk Landscape
  • Elevate OT Security Requirements by Adopting an Integrated Security Strategy Across IT, OT and CPS
  • Prioritize OT Security POCs Designed With Specific Business-Critical Criteria Before Buying Solutions or Signing New OT Security Contracts
  • Evaluate All Options, Including Outsourcing, to Deliver Enhanced OT Security for Your Enterprise

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