OT, ICS, and SCADA woman engineer working on industrial technology
May 23, 2024 | 
Blog Cyber Security Managed IT Services (MSP) Managed Security Services Operational Technology and Industrial Control Systems Security

Brief: In this blog post, we’ll break down the differences between OT, ICS, and SCADA systems and explain how they work together to enable safe, efficient operations in industries like manufacturing, energy, and water treatment. “I sense a great deal of confusion in you, young Skywalker.” — Master Windu, Star Wars Why this article and […]

Emerging Cyber Security Technologies: A Veteran vCIO's Take Blog Header
May 22, 2024 | 
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How Emerging Technologies are Improving Corporate Cyber Defenses in 2024 BRIEF: In this article we’ll take a look at emerging technologies like AI, zero trust, cloud security, XDR, and SASE and their roles in enterprises to fortify their cyber defenses against evolving threats. We’ll examine how these innovations enable proactive threat prevention, faster detection and […]

Brace for Impact: Your 2024 OT Cyber Incident Response Blueprint
May 21, 2024 | 
Blog Cyber Security Managed IT Services (MSP) Managed Security Services Operational Technology and Industrial Control Systems Security

OT Cyber Incident Response: From Strategy to Response  Brief: We’ll walk you through the critical steps of detecting, containing, eradicating, and recovering from an OT cyber incident. By the end, you’ll have a rock-solid OT Cyber Incident Response Plan to protect your industrial control systems (ICS) and minimize the impact of any cyber threat. “The […]

Remote Management Vulnerabilities blog header
May 14, 2024 | 
Blog Cyber Security Digital Workplace Managed Detection and Response Managed Security Services Operational Technology and Industrial Control Systems Security

Brief: In this article, we examine the issues around a recent Russian hack on North American OT, explore additional issues in OT and remote management vulnerabilities access that could be exploited, and take a look at how we here at F12 might handle them.  “In the fortress you will need more than men and swords. […]

Cyber Security Standards for Industrial Automation blog header
May 13, 2024 | 
Blog Cyber Security Managed Security Services

Brief: In this article, we review cyber security standards for industrial automation, look at how to implement them, and dive into selecting the right framework for your environment.  “Life finds a way,”— Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park Recently, The MITRE Corporation experienced a cyber attack targeting its NERVE network via two Ivanti Connect Secure zero-day […]

Fortifying Your Supply Chain Cyber Security blog header
May 9, 2024 | 
Blog Cyber Security Managed Security Services Technology and Business Strategy

Guide to Mitigating Third-Party Attacks on Your Supply Chain Brief: In this article, we discuss the nature of third-party attacks on your supply chain and detail a step-by-step process to implement comprehensive supply chain cyber security strategies. The aim is to equip you with practical knowledge to identify and mitigate these risks effectively.  “Any attack […]

IoT Security worker in smart manufacturing blog header
May 8, 2024 | 
Blog Cyber Security Managed Security Services Technology and Business Strategy

Understanding the Security Implications of IoT (Internet of Things) Devices in OT Brief: In this article, we’re going to look at IoT security in industrial environments, the associated risks, and potential solutions for 2024.  “Replicants are like any other machine – they’re either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, it’s not my […]

May 1, 2024 | 
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Brief: When virtually every business collects and processes some sort of personal data, data privacy regulations are often top of mind for Canadian Businesses. In this article we look at a few sample national and international privacy regulations, some of the challenges that we face when dealing with them, and a few tips and best […]

April 29, 2024 | 
Blog Cyber Security Managed Security Services

Brief: Intellectual property (IP) theft is a major issue for businesses, and can have far reaching impact on your competitiveness, finances, and reputation. In this article, we look at why protecting against intellectual property theft is important, how it happens, and challenges companies here in Canada face in protecting their IP from cyber criminals. “It’s […]

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April 25, 2024 | 
Blog Cyber Security Managed Security Services

Brief: In this article we examine common pitfalls in IT procurement, and key best practices for ensuring compliance and making sure you get value out of your vendor contracts.  A friendly piece of advice; assume that I know everything.— Moff Gideon, The Mandalorian Think back to early 2020.  It was like a sudden storm shaking […]