Cyber Risk in Industrial Facilities
Industrial automation vendor adoption of Industry 4.0 and digitalization capabilities is changing the landscape of the plant floor environment. Traditionally air-gapped from outside networks, the advancement of software applications, proliferation of internet-enabled devices, and desire to collect and analyze data for production efficiencies has fundamentally changed our industrial control systems (ICS), delivering a multitude of benefits but also opening the door to increasing system vulnerability.
Every network connection is a potential point of entry for hackers and malicious code. Having a robust cyber security strategy to protect intellectual property, keeping the manufacturing floor safe, and competitively leveraging advances in technology have become priorities for most CIOs and executive leadership teams.
While cybersecurity compliance often drives the decision to evaluate and mitigate cyber risk, cyber preparedness not only protects your company from potential hackers – it prepares you to react quickly to unexpected losses or natural disasters. While ransomware attacks may be relatively rare, we have all experienced the panic of a system going down or a piece of malfunctioning hardware. Creating a comprehensive cybersecurity plan protects your team and your business from common and uncommon risks.
The Benefits of Integrating IT and OT
Beyond compliance, integrating IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) systems allows manufacturers to improve:
- Uptime + Reliability
- Performance + Capabilities
- Disaster Recovery
Hargrove approaches cybersecurity with meticulous attention to detail, continuous commitment to quality, and a relationship-driven focus on sustained and mutual success with our customers. True to our engineering roots, we apply the same quality and checking standards in all facets of our work. For our team staying at the forefront of technology isn’t just recommended, it’s required. Staying on and ahead of the curve enables us to provide the best solution regardless of the requirements.
Working side by side with control system engineers in industrial environments, we understand both business and process control networks. We have a vast exposure to different industrial control systems and a very deep understanding of communication requirements, protocols, and security considerations of both legacy and new control system technology and how best to secure those systems.
Hargrove Integrated Solutions – IT/OT + Cybersecurity Capabilities
Hargrove leverages broad experience implementing both IT/OT and cybersecurity solutions in line with best practices and established standards. Utilizing the latest in virtualization and networking technology, we deploy resilient, fast, and secure solutions in environments of all sizes.
- Cybersecurity Perimeter Defense + Monitoring
- VMware + Hyper-V Virtualization Technologies
- Active Directory Domain Integration
- Secure Remote Access
- Server + PC Support
- Process Control Networking
- Industrial Wireless
- Ethernet Protocols
- OSI PI Historian Server
- SAP/Plant Information Integration
- Custom Plant Application Development + Support
- Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
How We Work
Operating within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, we perform work that covers the five core functions of cybersecurity. From identifying the risk to implementing the protection, Hargrove works to ensure that our client sites are safe and secure throughout the information lifecycle.
Guided by ISA99 cyber security principals, we can work with your team to review the systems you have in place and make specific suggestions to improve your defenses. Our team implements secure, segmented networks for some of the most sensitive industries.