There is a saying in cybersecurity that “Data is the new oil.” If that is true, then that oil is powering not only the economy but also industry. The term ‘Industry 4.0’ refers to the fourth industrial revolution where traditional manufacturing and industrial processes are increasingly using IT and data to the point that we’re now seeing the emergence of ‘smart factories.’

From the management and control of power and water to the management and control of farms, Operational Technology (OT) control machinery ensures they run effectively and efficiently. OT devices are increasingly becoming part of our IT world, and although the convergence has been happening for some time, it would seem we are only just beginning to recognize its significance.

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