Security Poll Catches Infrastructure Operators With Their Pants Down

Cybersecurity experts at Indegy find that nearly 60% of executives at critical infrastructure operators polled in a recent survey said they lack appropriate controls to protect their environments from security threats. As expected, nearly half of all respondents indicated their organizations plan to increase spending for industrial control system (ICS) security measures in the next 12 to 24 months.

 

Organizations have made significant investments to secure their IT infrastructures, but they have not addressed threats to operational technology environments. The poll of nearly 100 executives from various critical infrastructure organizations underscores the lack of preparedness in key sectors including energy, utilities and manufacturing. Findings include:

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  • 35% of respondents said they have little visibility into the current state of security within their environment, while 23% reported they have no visibility
  • 63% claimed that insider threats and misconfigurations are the biggest security risks they currently face
  • 57% said they are not confident that their organization, and other infrastructure companies, are in control of OT security
  • Meanwhile, 44% of respondents indicated an increase in ICS spending was planned in the next 12 to 24 months, with 29% reporting they were not sure 

You find out more about critical infrastructure and industrial security threats and countermeasures by visiting Indegy.

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