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New Alliance Aims to Scupper Cyber-attacks on Operational Technology

October 22, 2019 / Sarah Coble

A new global alliance has formed with the mission to protect operational technology used in critical and industrial infrastructure from cyber-threats. If disrupted, operational technology (OT)—the hardware and software dedicated to monitoring and controlling physical devices such as valves and pumps—can reduce productivity, cause ecological damage, and even compromise human safety. The new Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance (OTCSA) will follow a five-pronged approach to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks. First, the alliance will take action to strengthen the cyber-physical risk posture of OT environments and interfaces for OT/IT interconnectivity.