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Only some organisations on track to block cyber attacks

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Increased cyber threats and government directives have made cybersecurity a top priority among critical infrastructure organisations. A zero trust security architecture is the gold standard for blocking and containing threats, but there’s been heavy scepticism around the practicality of implementing zero trust in operational technology (OT) environments with the mix of legacy and modern equipment. A study from Wakefield Research, commissioned by Xage, suggests that despite this scepticism, industrial cybersecurity leaders are making significant headway.

The survey conducted among 250 cybersecurity professionals in energy, aerospace, port operations, transportation, pipeline operations, utilities, and retail supply chain and warehousing found that 88% of OT cybersecurity leaders have already taken steps to adopt zero trust. Notably, a little over half (58%) have found a path to zero trust that doesn’t require an equipment overhaul – an otherwise daunting, disruptive and costly undertaking for any industrial operation.

“OT, IT, and cybersecurity leaders have had a challenging few years. Being forced to rethink how they approach cybersecurity for operations is not easy, and thinking they need to rip and replace equipment only makes matters worse. Fortunately, this long-running misconception seems to be tailing off,” said Duncan Greatwood, CEO of Xage. “Over half of the industrial sector is realising that there are better ways forward, but that leaves the other half at risk of falling behind on implementation timelines. Continuing to close this knowledge gap over the most practical ways to implement zero trust will put infrastructure operators, and our nation’s most vulnerable infrastructure, in a much better position.”

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