Newsweek Vantage recently published an independent report on cyber risks to critical infrastructure — and the International Society of Automation (ISA) served as its expert partner.

Titled “Weathering the Perfect Storm: Securing the Cyber-Physical Systems of Critical Infrastructure,” the report surveyed 415 executives at critical infrastructure organizations to learn whether they are taking a holistic approach to security for operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT). Among other takeaways, the survey found that a holistic approach is a priority for most — and that more than a third of respondents said a cyber breach was the motivating factor.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • IT and OT still don’t play well together at many organizations, despite years of effort. Nearly a third of respondents said the primary obstacle is cultural — in other words, that employees are resistant to change.

ISA helped the Newsweek staff develop the concept, research the topic, create and adapt the survey, and analyze the results.

Eric Cosman, a consulting engineer and the 2020 ISA president, as well as Steve Mustard, an independent consultant and the incoming 2021 ISA president, contributed to the report as subject-matter experts.

The full report is available for download from Newsweek Vantage.

Read more stories like this on the official ISA Interchange blog at https://blog.isa.org/

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