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A new Industrial Cyber Magazine survey report, sponsored by Salvador Technologies, has looked at some of the specific issues faced when planning for operational technology (OT) recovery and business continuity.

90 percent of survey respondents stated that the OT recovery process should be owned by OT professionals and not by IT due to the considerable differences between OT and IT environments in the OT/ICS recovery process. However, 40 percent of respondents revealed that the recovery process in their organization is owned by IT teams. This dissonance may put OT systems at risk for costly downtime following a cyber attack says the report.

“While current IT and cloud-based solutions can restore/recover - they cannot do it quickly or without the intervention of expert personnel. This creates serious bottlenecks and often results in hidden costs, delays, and risks,” claims Alex Yevtushenko, CEO at Salvador Technologies. “The need for a recovery solution that is both OT-centric and can provide operational continuity should be a top priority for every OT/ICS cyber security professional.”

Other key findings include:

  • More than 60 percent of respondents say their current cyber attack recovery plan does not adequately support OT/ICS.
  • 63 percent of respondents are not confident in their business continuity planning for critical OT workstations and machines.
  • Only 10 percent of respondents perform continuous or weekly validation of OT workstation/system backups and restoration. Most verify their OT backups once a year or once a quarter because the process is so invasive and time-consuming

Read the report.

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