The Internet of Things is causing the worlds of informational technologies and operational technologies to collide, and this collision will only get louder as suppliers and enterprises confront its complexity, opportunities, and challenges. The IT and OT Convergence sector examines the communications and protocol technologies linking the physical and digital domains and vying to create the smart factories and next-generation industrial processes of the future. The next generation enterprise will also need to implement new technologies such as beacons, augmented and virtual reality, and innovative uses of wearable technologies to create a more seamless workplace of machines and people. Billions of new connected endpoints also require that security be a top priority from the shop floor through to the data center. Finally, special focus is given to key markets that present some of the greatest complexities and opportunities as IT and OT merge and compete, including smart transportation, smart cities, and industrial robotics.
The Critical Infrastructure Security Report for Oil & Gas looks at the growing threats facing this particular energy industry. The oil and gas industry is evolving, with Industrial Control Systems such as SCADA increasingly connected to the Internet and becoming the target of cyber-attacks. The first part of the report looks at the risk management issues faced by the oil and gas industry and the types of threats currently undermining the infrastructure. The second part of the report looks at cybersecurity spending in the sector, as well as preventative systems and cybersecurity solutions available to oil and gas companies. The final section gives an overview of vendors active in the area of cybersecurity for the energy sector, and in particular those with distinct offerings for industrial control systems.