In order for organizations to respond more quickly to the evolving marketplace, digital transformation efforts need to be extended into every corner of the distributed network. To increase efficiencies in places like manufacturing floors, energy production and delivery, or interconnected transportation systems, operational technology (OT) environments are being connected to the outside world for the first time.
This trend promises great benefits for organizations, enabling things like remote monitoring and real-time response to market changes. But adding things like Windows-based Open Platform Communications (OPC) or integrating IT-enabled devices also exposes OT systems to threats they may not be prepared to defend themselves against. The “air gap” that protected OT systems from hackers and malware no longer exists at many organizations, and as a result, adversaries are increasingly targeting those OT systems to steal trade secrets, disrupt operations, or even commit acts of cyber terrorism against critical infrastructure.
Malicious actors are able to extract maximum value from each new threat they develop by continuing to exploit the unprotected systems and vulnerabilities that persist in both older and newer networks and technologies. They will also continue to exploit the slower replacement cycles and legacy technologies that are likely to remain in place for years. IT integration and convergence due to digital transformation efforts will continue to pressure this situation further. The best way to counter this new reality is by adopting and implementing a comprehensive strategic approach that simplifies the solution, and involves IT and OT experts throughout an entire organization.
Considering the competition in the Fortinet Solution providers space, our panel of renowned CIOs, CISOs, VPs, with the Enterprise security magazine editorial panel has recognized the top drawers of 2020 in the field.
We present to you, “Top 10 Fortinet Solution Providers - 2020.”