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Why you should seriously consider an off-premises OT-SOC

Organisations are getting wise to the fact that it takes more than the right technology to protect their industrial assets. There’s no option to just ‘set and forget’ – securing industrial or operational technology (OT) requires constant monitoring and management, and it needs to be done by people who know what they’re doing.  The advantages...

The changing face of ransomware

It’s no revelation that ransomware incidents have been on the rise across the last couple of years. The shift towards remote working, accelerated by the global pandemic, has created more opportunities for hackers, resulting in some high-profile cases in 2021.  When we think of ransomware, our minds generally turn to threats against information technology (IT), which...

Industrial cyber security has a lot to learn from workplace safety

Last month, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article detailing Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews’ call to counter cyber crimes that, in her words, represent a “real and present danger” to Australians and our economy.  Her presentation to Parliament comes off the back of last year’s Cyber Security Strategy and a new government discussion paper that will consider whether proposed...

How to spend wisely when it comes to OT security

The importance of thorough and effective operational technology (OT) security is an organisational concern that is only rising in priority. We just need to look at the impact of recent international incidents – such as the breach at a Florida water treatment plant and Solarwinds – and actions of the Australian Government to know, if we don't take a...

Why people could be the secret ingredient in your industrial cyber security recipe

We've all heard the old adage that 'a computer is only as good as the person operating it', so to say that people could be the secret ingredient in protecting your Operational Technology (OT) is anything but a revolutionary concept. Yet, despite the acceptance of this wisdom in our modern parlance, many of us frequently...

The new Critical Infrastructure Bill – how it affects you

There's been a lot of commentary in the press and from industry pundits about the Federal Government's Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020, which was introduced into Parliament on 10 December. While substantial, this Bill is part of a package of reforms under Australia's Cyber Security Strategy 2020 that aims to help Australian businesses...

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