Securing OT’s future: Strategies to adapt in an evolving environment

The traditional approach of implementing a new security solution meant potentially disrupting their entire network and requiring extensive overhaul of their mission-critical legacy systems—a risk Rapac wasn’t willing to take. This is where the integration of adaptable and flexible security solutions becomes crucial.

Modern strategies for ongoing challenges

Modern secure remote access (SRA) solutions address these concerns. Designed to enhance the security of OT environments with zero change management required, these solutions provide secure access for internal and external users, in hybrid, on-premises and remote environments—online or offline—without requiring-infrastructure changes. This minimizes disruption to operations, reduces costs and ensures continued safety.

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With modern SRA solutions in place, enterprises like Rapac are empowered with flexibility and adaptability amid evolving OT cyber threats and gain advanced capabilities including:

  • Secure access for third parties: Controlled access for all external users, such as Siemens support teams and Rapac customers, without compromising the security of the network.
  • Enforcing identity-based access to both legacy and modern systems: Continued support for both legacy and modern OT systems, eliminating the need for costly system upgrades.
  • Continuous authentication and authorization: Ongoing authentication and authorization for all users, ensuring only authorized individuals have access to specific systems and applications at any given time.

 

The future of OT security

The cost of change is a significant barrier for organizations looking to improve OT security. By adopting a solution that empowers scalability, without additional cost complexities, industrial organizations like Rapac Energy can achieve their security goals without compromising operational efficiency or safety.

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Through the integration of modern SRA solutions, Rapac saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by avoiding unnecessary infrastructure changes and employee travel costs and improved their overall security posture while delivering a positive user experience.

In today’s connected world, prioritizing OT security is no longer a choice—it’s a necessity. However, enterprises don’t need to fully overhaul their critical systems to enhance their security. With modern, adaptable solutions on the market, they have the option to strategically integrate key security solutions—ultimately creating a safer future for industrial environments.

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