Operational technology definition
Software and hardware technology that detects or controls assets, processes, equipment, and events. Operational technology has become a crucial element of both public and private infrastructures such as power plants, transportation systems, and energy monitoring.
Operational technology security risks
- Operational technology components are often aimed at achieving functional goals without regard for the security element. It makes them vulnerable to cyberattacks and therefore requires enhanced security features.
- Companies have to rely on operational technology vendors, thus minimizing flexibility when implementing fixes and updates.