With the acceleration of digital transformation (DX)—such as the transition to Industry 4.0—it has become critical for organizations to understand the similarities and differences between their information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) networks, as well as what happens when the two intersect.
IT generally refers to computing, networking, and managing information
in organizations. OT controls processes that have safety and physical
impacts, guiding physical processes with equipment in manufacturing
plants, power stations, pipelines, railways, and other infrastructure.
While the impact of IT functions are typically restricted to an organization
itself, many components of OT are critical to public safety and global