The energy industry is in the midst of digital transformation. Across the board, organizations involved in the production, sale and distribution of energy are modernizing operations and shifting workloads to personal devices and the cloud in order to boost productivity and collaborate more efficiently with partners. At every step along the supply chain, the number of devices and apps connecting to sensitive data and governing operations is skyrocketing, as are cybersecurity and IT challenges.
As the industry revamps operational technologies (OT) for monitoring and controlling devices, assets and processes, supply chains have become complex ecosystems. Protecting these ecosystems from cyber threats can be challenging, especially for those coming through external systems.
Consider, for instance, a mobile app interfacing with an IoT device out in the field. A bad actor could exploit vulnerabilities in the app to gain administrative privileges and take control of critical systems connected to the infected device.