Using Technical Controls to Mitigate Cyber Risk

In traveling around the globe visiting customers, the conversation around cyber security starts and ends with one topic: risk. Where am I at risk? How can I reduce my risk? We have become accustomed to hearing about cyber security and taking steps to protect ourselves in our daily life: proper password management for our accounts; maintaining anti-virus software on our personal computers; being careful not to download attachments from unknown email recipients.

Though you may not know this, all these efforts are reducing what is called your attack surface. It’s limiting the amount of ways that you are vulnerable to a cyber threat by using multiple means to protect yourself. In the cyber security realm, it’s known as applying a defense-in-depth approach. And these practices are just as important in the industrial space as they are in our personal space.

The large number of cyber security incidents around the world, whether external or internal, point to weaknesses or failures in cyber security systems that can often be avoided. When attack surfaces are uniformly and consistently addressed, technical controls can be implemented to provide suitable protection and improve security posture. Reducing your attack surface means reducing your risk.

From a flat network to being “airgapped” to employing various solutions from GE, our infographic takes you through our perspective of where your risks are largest and how you can apply technical controls to reduce them.

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