We expect to see more focused ransomware and malware attacks, including more IT/OT convergence. Enhanced exploitation tactics and techniques will be used to target supply chains and then make their way down to the OT and edge devices, hitting multiple attack surfaces at once.
Organisations must be able to identify, monitor and protect digital assets in the Industry 4.0 era. Establishing a full view of assets and potential vulnerabilities can help prevent ransomware and malware from spreading by automatically enforcing policies to isolate infected systems and enable network segmentation.
Protecting patients, their data, and hospital operations
Smart medical devices and online patient records have helped to significantly improve patient care and administrative efficiency. At the same time, however, they are a prime target for hackers looking to access sensitive information or inject ransomware.
Cybersecurity attacks that exploit delicate clinical workflows have had significant impacts on operations, revenue, and safety regardless of the size and location of a healthcare organisation. The IoMT requires precise management of high-value assets and threat intelligence that spans multiple networks within the healthcare organisation.
Introducing new smart healthcare systems and legacy platforms for biomedical devices can be difficult, as many of these systems were not designed to connect or interact.
Choose your battles, pick the right tools
All of the above challenges are further complicated by a severe shortage of cybersecurity professionals, requiring organisations to spend their time and resources wisely and efficiently.
Asset management and visibility platforms provide essential capabilities for efficiently gathering intelligence on and securing managed and unmanaged digital assets. They provide the most value when you combine the traditional IT architectural review and OT control review groups with a global view on risk management in both IT and OT. For example:
- Cybersecurity asset management
- Threat detection and response
- Vulnerability and risk management
Asset visibility can enable enterprises to make informed decisions, but to really protect against threats, you need to have the necessary business context to understand how to act on the intelligence.
One way to do this is to collaborate with a partner that can guide you forward, but in this critical space it’s essential to ensure that your partner has a proven reputation and an established maturity in the market. Also, as with many cybersecurity processes, to make the most out of asset management and visibility platforms, the C-suite needs to not only be informed but involved in the process.
The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of ESPC Media.