Many industries have seen significant improvements in operational efficiency and reduced downtime by adopting advanced analytics and optimization algorithms that run on cloud services. Critical infrastructure operators have been slow to adopt this new technology, due to well-justified concerns over the security and regulatory compliance of external connections.
However, the potential benefits of OT-to-cloud connectivity grow more apparent each year, creating additional incentives for critical infrastructure operators and device manufacturers to support secure external network connections.
The adoption of hardware-enforced security technology to deliver data to the cloud can help the industry accelerate adoption of cloud services, without the need for complex network analysis, and while fully meeting all regional and federal regulatory requirements. Equipment vendors are starting to explore the integration of this technology directly into their new designs, to enable advanced support and maintenance services that are driven by real-time machine data.