IT / OT / Zero Trust

Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) represent two essential but historically separate technology domains within countless organizations. Two domains that both increasingly face the application of modern technology. OT includes systems used in industrial and manufacturing environments, while IT focuses on an organization's usual digital infrastructure. The increasing convergence of OT and IT, known as Operational Technology and Information Technology (OT/IT) Convergence, brings additional risk and leads to new security and management challenges.

Through our years of experience, we are in an excellent position to help you with this. We take a pragmatic approach focusing on an optimal level of security while minimizing the risk of disruption of IT/OT business processes due to inappropriate security measures. In practice, we successfully use appropriate standards and baselines such as the NIST, ISO27001 and 2 and IEC 62443 and make them practically applicable.

With this, we have supported several organizations in developing IT/OT security policies, establishing baselines for OT-IT security and performing risk assessments.

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Security paradigm Zero Trust represents a key role in ensuring security, even within this converged environment. Zero Trust rejects the traditional "trust, but verify" model and demands continuous verification, whether of users, devices or network traffic, whether related to OT or IT systems. This reinforces security measures, including continuous verification and automated behavioral analysis, to effectively minimize potential risks. This concept is now increasingly translating into solutions in the market, with different interpretations of the concepts. Highberg follows this area of knowledge closely. We separate hype from reality, and apply the concepts in our consulting and implementation processes. In doing so, we make the essential change component that comes with these dynamics within business and IT part of our approach.

Joint development of vision, policy and architecture

Within the broader context of convergence, automation and security, Identity and Access Management (IAM) takes center stage. IAM enables organizations to exercise strict control over access to information systems and data. Through careful management of user identities, precise regulation of access rights, attributes and environmental factors that determine access, IAM lays the foundation for a robust security strategy. Here, dynamic access control stands out as an emerging development within IAM. This includes the integration of machine learning and behavioral analysis to detect anomalous usage patterns and automatically trigger countermeasures, such as additional checks on identity attributes and/or environmental characteristics (context), or restriction of access.

We help you make the right future-proof choices in these developments by jointly developing vision, policy and architecture. We are also happy to carry out the implementation, whether as program or project manager, architect, product owner, business consultant or from quality control.

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By integrating Zero Trust and IAM into both OT and IT environments, organizations can manage infrastructure complexity while strengthening security. The goal is to create a balanced approach that maximizes both operational efficiency and security, enabling businesses to thrive in an increasingly connected and risky digital world.

In addition to Zero Trust and innovative innovations in IAM, we also find our challenge in modern technology. Whether that's introduction of AI, blockchain or modern technology yet to emerge, we think about the risks with the vision that the opportunities of modern technology should be in line with the risks it brings. In other words, how to ensure responsible adoption of new technology.

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