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The Threat is Real.  Are You Prepared?

The Threat is Real. Are You Prepared?

As IT and OT systems increasingly converge and OT systems move online, vulnerabilities emerge creating opportunities for cybercriminals. Cybercrime remains an omnipresent threat to create catastrophic disruptions in safety, capacity, uptime, performance, and public perception.

From older facilities that need to modernize their control systems and other software, to new digital-first facilities that want to install best-in-class cybersecurity solutions, NECI understands your challenges and has you covered.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

  • Manufacturing organizations experienced 950 cyberattacks per week in 2022 – an increase of 36% compared to the previous year (Check Point Research)
  • Gartner predicts that by 2025, 45% of organizations globally will experience a supply chain attack
  • The average total cost of data breaches in 2022 was $4.35 million (IBM and Ponemon Institute report)
  • The total cost of cybercrime is predicted to reach $8 trillion in 2023 and $10.5 trillion in 2025 (Cybersecurity Ventures)
  • Nearly two out of three mid-sized organizations have suffered a ransomware attack in the past 18 months, 20% of which spent at least $250,000 to recover (ConnectWise)

Don't Leave Your Facility Vulnerable!

NECI has the expertise, solutions, and industry relationships to keep your OT environment secure. Our approach to cybersecurity includes four main concentrations:
Understanding the relationship between IT and OT systems, and in bringing OT assets into the digital realm, is critical to your cybersecurity posture. To fuel this understanding, NECI can help you:
  • Assess your OT vulnerabilities and catalog the risk exposure of each of your assets to identify and eliminate threats
  • Segment your networks into distinct layers to control data access and limit the spread of cyberattacks
  • Manage your assets and ensure that they are properly segmented and accessible only by approved individuals
Our robust approach to protection delivers multiple layers of protection to ensure that cyberattacks are detected quickly and stopped before they can do damage:
  • Firewall Protection guards the perimeters of your network, filtering traffic and preventing unauthorized access. This also helps prevent the spread of malware and viruses, and ensures compliance with industry regulations
  • Antivirus and Endpoint Detection & Response solutions detect threat behaviors and anomalous behavior. NECI partners with leading-edge providers to deliver the most current protection  
  • Whitelisting pre-approved applications to ensure that only known, safe applications and processes are able to run in your environment
By capturing and analyzing network traffic data, potential security threats can be identified and mitigated:
  • Network Monitoring must be established to detect any threat indicators — unusual, unexpected, or suspicious activity that may indicate an attack
  • Network Topology Maps will provide a visual representation of your network and allow administrators to quickly troubleshoot problems and improve network design
  • Endpoint Log Collection is an additional layer of defense that can detect threats and attacks that standard monitoring may miss
Active, ongoing maintenance of your environment is a critical practice to eliminate weak points before they can be exploited:
  • Vulnerability Management is especially critical for OT environments as these systems run continuously and down-time is rare. Patches and other maintenance must be carefully prioritized against the operation of your facility
  • Identity Access Management ensures that only authorized individuals have access, and only to the resources they require to perform their job functions
While precautions (including those listed above) can minimize your risk for a cyberattack, incidents can still happen. It is critical to be proactive to position yourself to recover quickly:
  • Backups must be performed regularly to allow business operations to continue in the event of an attack. Backups should be stored outside the network and be easily recoverable
  • Incident Response plans should include procedures for identifying an attack and a communication plan to alert necessary personnel, who can then implement pre-determined measures to contain the damage
Get in touch with a cybersecurity expert to discuss your environment and determine a solution to your cybersecurity challenges
NECI | Dragos Partnership

NECI | Dragos Partnership

NECI and Dragos have partnered to deliver best-in-class cybersecurity solutions to our industries. The Dragos platform provides the latest in preemptive tools and technology to optimize vulnerability management and a collaborative, community-based approach to understanding and responding to the world’s increasingly sophisticated OT cyber threats. This will ensure uptime across the digital and physical plant by mitigating industrial cyber risk through optimal threat detection, investigation and response.

Learn more about the NECI | Dragos partnership