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2022 Cyber Predictions: OT and Critical Infrastructure Will Be Targeted

This is part of our 2022 cybersecurity predictions series. Top leaders from across the industry shared what cyber could bring in the new year.

Jim Crowley, CEO Industrial Defender

"American companies that deal in operational technology (OT) and critical infrastructure will continue to be targeted by politically-motivated cyberattacks and, as such, the current ransomware business model enabling these attacks will persist. To combat this, the federal government must look to forge partnerships between the public and private sectors to assist industries in critical infrastructure by providing them with information-sharing outlets and tips and tricks for protecting assets.

Additional regulations will also need to be layered on top of already well-regulated industries to ensure that basic cyber hygiene practices are being met and that backdoors are not left open to attack. Businesses that deal with our country’s critical infrastructure and are governed by regulatory bodies (such as TSA and DHS) are the organizations most likely to feel these additional regulations first. Businesses that have implemented cybersecurity standards, like NIST, will be well-positioned to fend off rising threats."



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