Cyber threats and attacks are not just an externality of the digital age; they are an inescapable part of our reality. As the frequency and sophistication of threats increase, businesses must mobilise their resources and expertise in bold new ways to protect themselves.

In the past year, operational technology (OT) cyber security amid high-profile attacks have dominated international headlines. Many companies, in response, have rushed to review and remediate their OT environments — typically dedicating some much-needed investment, talent and technology towards immediate solutions while working to maintain their critical operations and agility.

What are the main cyber threats facing businesses today and how can they tackle control systems security challenges swiftly and effectively? Find out in our Control System Cyber Security Annual Report 2022, produced in collaboration with The Control System Cyber Security Association International ((CS)2AI).

The report is based on survey results from more than 580 industry members and a sample of (CS)2AI’s 25,000-strong worldwide membership. 

Key findings

Close to 50% of respondents

cited ‘insufficient control system cyber security expertise’ as the greatest obstacle to reducing their control system cyberattack surface

More than 85% of organisations

say they have management/response plans at some stage of development

About 10% of respondents

reported a budget increase in investments to protect OT infrastructure, down from approximately 30% in our previous survey

18–27% of organisations

say they have no implementation and testing plans

Nearly 1 in 5 organisations

have no OT cyber security awareness training to improve their security culture

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