Industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT) environments are critically essential for the functioning of numerous industries, from oil & gas and energy to manufacturing and water / wastewater. Despite their critical importance, these systems are often vulnerable to numerous security threats, leading to significant cybersecurity challenges.
OT/ICS environments pose unique security risks. They often have long lifecycles and consist of legacy hardware and software, making them prime targets for cyber threats. The interconnectivity between IT and OT systems, though operationally beneficial, increases the risk landscape as a breach in one system can easily propagate to others.
To compound these issues, conventional security methods often fail to address the unique security challenges presented by OT/ICS systems. For example, remote access solutions like VPNs, Jump Host, and Team Viewer may not offer the necessary level of protection due to their lack of zero trust principles. Likewise, firewalls, access control lists, VLANs, and conduits—though valuable in IT network segmentation—may fall short when trying to secure an OT environment.
To address these shortcomings, a new and advanced approach to OT/ICS cybersecurity is necessary, one that transcends traditional boundaries. This is where BlastShield steps in.
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BlastShield is a groundbreaking software-defined perimeter (SDP) solution. It eschews traditional cybersecurity approaches such as enhanced identity governance, complex micro-segmentation layers, or cloud-based gateways. Instead, BlastShield deploys a more comprehensive, granular, and secure approach to access controls, thereby reducing risks associated with stolen credentials and complex management.
BlastShield achieves its goal by integrating multiple security controls into a single solution. By deploying software agents on end-user devices, host machines, and gateway appliances, it provides a comprehensive security suite, including phishing-resistant multi-factor authentication (MFA), data-in-motion encryption, micro-segmentation, granular access controls, device invisibility, and application proxy.
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BlastShield's robust and integrated approach to cybersecurity is evident in three major areas: remote access security, network segmentation, and network cloaking.
BlastShield delivers an elevated defense strategy by securing all remote access points and keeping your industrial control systems unreachable for unauthorized users. With stringent access controls and advanced authentication protocols, only authorized users and secure devices are allowed to interact with your network.
Network segmentation is key to boosting your network's resilience. By splitting it into secure, isolated segments, BlastShield reduces the potential impact of cyber threats. This strategic measure enhances visibility and control over network traffic, ensuring secure communication across the network.
Network cloaking adds another layer to your security perimeter. By rendering your network invisible to outsiders, it significantly reduces the chance of potential attacks. This approach protects against automated attacks and bots, ensuring your ICS/SCADA systems remain consistently ahead of potential threats.
BlastShield stands out for its implementation of several security measures, notably Software-defined Perimeter (SDP) architecture, phishing-resistant Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), and device invisibility.
SDP, a cornerstone of BlastShield, provides a security model that assumes that any device, user, or application accessing the network is potentially compromised. Therefore, the security perimeter is no longer defined by a physical boundary but by software, providing an extra layer of security to prevent cyberattacks and data breaches.
Phishing-resistant MFA adds an extra layer of security to the login process by requiring multiple forms of authentication. This makes it challenging for attackers to impersonate the user and gain access, even if they have obtained the user's password through a phishing attack.
Device invisibility is a critical security strategy wherein network devices are rendered undetectable to attackers. BlastShield prevents public scanning of devices on its networks, thereby significantly limiting potential attack surfaces.
Getting started with BlastShield is straightforward and hassle-free. Schedule a demo with us today, explore the BlastShield Authenticator & Client, and see how you can make your host invisible in minutes. Harness the power of BlastShield for superior OT/ICS cybersecurity. Secure your industrial and operational systems today, before facing tomorrow's threats.
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