Webinar: OT networks, ransom attacks, and cyber resilience
Operational Technologies (OT) infrastructures across industrial sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and oil & gas are increasingly becoming the target of sophisticated cyberattacks.
In recent months, cyberattacks have been making headlines, focusing executive attention on cyber resiliency and how organisations can take the right steps to keep themselves safe.
In the past, many OT infrastructures were self-contained and isolated (or "air-gapped") from corporate resources, so they were relatively safe from internet-based threats. Not so much today. As OT and IT networks converge, outdated and unpatched OT endpoints represent a tempting entry point for cyber attackers.
Preparing for, responding to, and recovering from cyberattacks should be a strategic part of your business continuity plan.
BizClik Media Group and Fortinet invite you to our live webinar, taking place on 24 June 4 pm BST. The event, entitled ‘When, Not If: Responding when your OT network suffers a ransomware attack’, will allow people who are joining live to ask questions.
What will the webinar cover?
- Trends impacting the multiple attack points across the industrial threat landscape
- Insights garnered from purpose-built threat intelligence and supporting services for developing cyber resilience
- A platform approach for broad, automated and integrated cyber resilience
Who will be joining the webinar from Fortinet?
Practice Director - Managed Detection and Response, and Incident Response
Industry veteran Anthony Giandomenico has racked up 30 years of comprehensive experience as an Executive, Entrepreneur, Mentor and Security Consultant for companies within information security across all industries. In his current position at Fortinet, Giandomenico is responsible for all aspects of the Incident Response and Managed Detection and Response services, including P&L, marketing activities, service delivery and new service development. He has presented, trained and mentored on various security concepts and strategies at many conferences and trade shows such as the Gartner Security Summit, HIMSS15 and ISMG Data Breach Summit and media outlets, including a weekly appearance on KHON2-TV morning news “Tech Buzz” segment and Technology News Bytes on OC16, providing monthly security advice among others.
Director of Product Marketing - Operational Technologies
William Noto leads Fortinet’s OT security product marketing initiatives globally. Prior to joining Fortinet, William spent 12 years at General Electric in both the GE Wind and GE Digital business units. At GE, William held product management and sales roles developing OT security offerings, including WindSCADA Secure, the Predix Edge platform, and the OpShield and Achilles product lines. William holds an MBA from the UMass Isenberg School of Management and a BA in Computer Science from Middlebury College.
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We look forward to seeing you there!
Gartner: no threats to AWS, MS and Google cloud dominance
The report – Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services – says enterprises have “significantly accelerated” their use of cloud infrastructure and platform service (CIPS) as they seek scalability and agility during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Strong niche players
But while it recognises strong niche players and visionaries such as Alibaba Cloud, Oracle, Tencent Cloud and IBM in its magic quadrant, it finds little to threaten the dominance of AWS, Microsoft and Google in the lucrative cloud market.
Magic quadrant – AWS
The report cites clients complaining of heavy handed sales techniques from AWS, where customers are pressured to increase spend by 20 per cent in order to renew their contracts. Companies with “significant dependence” on the platform feel they have nowhere to turn, though the report also notes that “the pressure to increase spend is not AWS’s policy and will be eliminated if the customer escalates.”
It also cautions that customers of the market leader often find they need third-party help in order to overcome the “substantial technical skills” in order to navigate the complexity of the product portfolio, and says “AWS’s new services are often not ready for meaningful enterprise consumption” because the products are “matured in public.” Gartner also says companies are misled about the abilities of AWS’s products based on its leadership position in IaaS and dbPaaS, which does not necessarily translate across to other cloud strengths.
Magic quadrant – Google Cloud
Google Cloud, the report says, is making strong gains but struggles to maintain support post-sales, perhaps as a result of rapid internal growth. It also cautions that attractive discount incentives are bound to reverse later. Google Cloud operates at a substantial loss and is not the parent company’s main source of revenue. The report praises Google Cloud’s reputation as a strategic choice and its “impressive year-on-year improvements”.
Magic quadrant – Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure, the report says, has “the broadest sets of capabilities, covering a full range of enterprise IT needs from SaaS to PaaS and Iaas compared to any provider in this market.” It also has market trust built over decades. However Gartner cautions that Microsoft, while making concerted efforts to improve resiliency, has continued to “experience some outages, particularly in association with updates and maintenance events.” Further downsides included overcomplicated licensing and a sales strategy that prevented reps from “effectively deploying Azure to bring down a customer’s total Microsoft costs.”
Gartner: ‘remarkably similar’
The report concludes that: “On the surface, many of the providers in this magic quadrant appear alike. They all have, for example, virtual machines, managed container services and managed database PaaS offerings. The various pricing models are remarkably similar and often within comparable ranges, even when negotiated discounts are taken into account.
“What’s wholly different is below the surface – at the level of architecture, implementation and operations. The resiliency characteristics afforded to clients varies widely by provider. Major outages plagued several cloud providers in this Magic Quadrant over the past year. In some cases, providers offered few capabilities to work around provider-oriented failure using accepted, modern means such as availability zones.
“Strategic cloud provider selection necessitates that enterprises consider the failure scenarios by workload and architect to manage them. In some regions, with several providers in this Magic Quadrant, the challenge of working around provider-oriented failure is insurmountable.”