IT can fail. It often does. We restart IT, and life goes on. Hackers can also compromise these same IT systems creating disruptions and causing theft of credentials. All manners of serious consequences result from these compromises.
When Operations Technology (OT) fails, the consequence is of a different nature – arguably far more significant and far more serious. Decades of safety systems developed to keep OT from failing work – most of the time. That’s the good news. The bad news is that these OT systems and their parallel safety systems were not designed to stop the present threat of hackers whose intent would be to make them fail in catastrophic ways – including task 1 to turn off the safety systems.
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