Securing Critical Infrastructure: The Journey to Zero Trust

Half of Critical Infrastructure Organizations Are on a Fast Track to Blocking Cyber Attacks; Other Half Risk Falling Behind

Increased cyber threats and government directives have made cybersecurity a top priority among critical infrastructure organizations. A zero trust security architecture is the gold standard for blocking and containing threats, but there’s been heavy skepticism 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 skepticism, 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 & 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.

Critical Infrastructure Operators Are Adopting Zero Trust Faster Than You Think

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For a full breakdown of report findings and methodology, see here. To learn more about how Xage is enabling critical infrastructure organizations to adopt zero trust without disruption, visit Xage.com/solutions.

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A revolution known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or Industry 4.0 is underway. Industrial companies are deploying intelligent systems composed of devices and software applications that cooperate with each other and with humans in real-time. These systems can contain new devices with robust security controls as well as currently installed devices, e.g., PLCs, RTUs, HMIs, meters, and sensors, that provide limited and varied security capabilities. Furthermore, as operations and enterprises are embracing data-driven automation, data and interactions need to be protected edge-to-edge, to cloud, and across the ecosystem.

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