Wednesday 9 September 2020

Addressing cybersecurity risks for Mining. has joined The Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance (OTCSA) to further its aim for the mining industry of a safer future with secure optimization technology that can leverage both OT and Cloud environments. has been securely deploying AI based process optimization applications on OT networks for its customers globally and has a future proof platform that supports both OT and cloud environments.

The industrial software market for Capital and Asset Intensive industries like Mining, Oil & Gas, Energy is at least 50 year old with two technology types dominating the segment: Operations Technology (OT) focused on managing asset operational performance & Information Technology (IT) focusing on managing internal business processes. has created a new systems category that sits at the intersection of IT & OT systems incorporating data from both systems to deliver organization wide process optimization targeting both machines and people. The real-time decision making platform combines the technologies of cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and industrial internet of things (IIOT) to deliver industry specific “Optimization as a Service” (OaaS) applications.

The Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance (OTCSA) aims to bridge any dangerous gaps in security for OT and IT systems, critical infrastructures and industrial control systems (ICS) to support and improve the daily lives of citizens and workers in a rapidly evolving world.

"The convergence of OT and IT networks is exposing industrial control, protection and automation systems to external threats, as seen in the recent past with malwares like Triton, that attacked an oil and gas plant, and in Ukraine, that had its power grid taken down by a cyberattack." Said Dr. Sandro Barros, CTO, " has extensive experience on the deployment of AI applications within OT/IT networks and is eager to add its expertise to developing best practices for secure and reliable solutions for the mining industry."

The OTCSA mission is five-fold:
• Strengthen cyber-physical risk posture of OT environments and interfaces for OT/IT interconnectivity
• Guide OT operators on how to protect their OT infrastructure based on a risk management process and reference architectures/designs which are demonstrably compliant with regulations and international standards such as IEC 62443
• Guide OT suppliers on secure OT system architectures, relevant interfaces and security functionalities
• Support the procurement, development, installation, operation, maintenance, and implementation of a safer, more secure critical infrastructure
• Shorten the time to adoption of safer, more secure critical infrastructures

"We welcome as the newest member to the OTCSA." Said Elad Ben-Meir, executive board member of the OTCSA and CEO of SCADAfence. "As we witness more and more attacks on critical infrastructure, and predictions by Gartner that 75% of CEOs will be personally liable for Cyber-Physical Security incidents by 2024, there is no doubt that the collaboration like we have in OTCSA is the key to success."

Cyber-attacks are a serious risk to the industrial world and can cost an organization in excess of $300,000 per attack, disrupting processes but also potentially having impacts on utility and safety systems as well. The robust security guidelines of the OTCSA which will contribute to, cover the entire mining life cycle - procurement, development, deployment, installation, operation, maintenance and decommission - and address aspects related to people, process, and technology.

OTCSA promotes collaboration amongst leading IT and OT companies, thought leaders in the cybersecurity community, and vendors and OT operators from a variety of industries. Membership is open to any company that operates critical infrastructure or general OT systems to run its business (OT operators) as well as companies providing IT and OT solutions (solution providers).

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