CIP Survey Findings

ICS Engineers Confirm Gap Between IT and OT

By 2021, it’s estimated that cybercrime damage will reach $6 trillion annually—almost 10 percent of the world economy. This prediction led us to conduct a survey to explore the state of cybersecurity risk in critical infrastructure facilities with an emphasis on the degree to which both information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) have converged. We report our findings in a 10-page report entitled “Parsons 2018 Critical Infrastructure Risk Assessment.” It summarizes the opinions of 300 qualified respondents working as industrial control system (ICS) engineers in each of the critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, chemical, water, defense, and manufacturing.

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With more than 90 percent of critical infrastructure assets in America owned by private sector interests, understanding the degree to which OT and IT cyber solutions have converged is not a matter of simply asking federal government officials for a report. The answer lies with the employees, management, and boards of directors of the companies and cooperatives that operate critical infrastructure assets.

“Thousands of networked devices installed in critical infrastructure facilities are improving operating efficiency but increasing cyber risk. …This survey shines a spotlight on the fact that converged OT and IT solutions are lagging behind the converged threat,” said Carey Smith, President of Parsons’ Federal business unit.

Key CIP survey findings include 66 percent of respondents indicating that their organizations are adding more connected industrial internet of things devices to ICS in the OT environment, 80 percent of respondents specifying that OT environments are using a mix of old and new technologies, and 78 percent of respondents revealing that they are not highly involved in ICS cybersecurity.

No other company has more critical infrastructure, ICS, and supervisory control and data acquisition experience. For more information, email us at domain6@parsons.com.

Download Survey Result Reporting Charts: Preparedness & Maturity | Fractured OversightIntegration of OT Devices & TechnologiesIT Departments in the LeadOT Professionals on the SidelinesOutdated Hardware and SoftwareLack of OT/IT ConvergenceNeed for Trained OT Professionals

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