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Article | 10 August 2021 | Investments
Our increasingly connected world means that it has become possible for unwanted actors to infiltrate and compromise nuclear power stations, electricity grids and traffic lights – maybe even democratic elections and referenda.
Many organisations have increasingly moved away from isolated, manually controlled operational technology (OT) systems to an environment in which physical processes are controlled with sophisticated and interconnected information technology (IT) equipment.
Integrating OT with IT will have a great impact on network structure and will force companies to think of a more effective way to protect their network. With the addition of new connected devices, the surface of attack will increase tremendously – and any new device connected will be an entry point for an attacker.
Of course, once the cybersecurity gap is closed for critical infrastructure, the nature of the industry means that there will already be another surfacing somewhere else in cyberspace. This makes cybersecurity – like the safety of governments, individuals and corporations more generally – a perennial theme in our lives and in our investments.
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