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When the Supply Chain Becomes the Kill Chain

December 22, 2020
By Srinivas Kumar
Chief Product Officer & Chief Technology Officer at Mocana Corporation

 

Tragically, the hackers have won yet again defeating security professionals, processes, and technology. The recent wave of successful cybersecurity attacks on key U.S. agencies, large organizations, and security companies underscores the fundamental inadequacies of the detection and forensic analysis (post breach) tool chest that is pervasive in the information technology (IT) industry today. 

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The State of Digital Transformation and OT/IT Convergence

November 2, 2020
By Srinivas Kumar
Chief Product Officer & Chief Technology Officer at Mocana Corporation

 

As we approach the end of an unforgettable year, all industries are recovering from the aftereffects of the global pandemic and contemplating the meaning and purpose of digital transformation. The goals of OT/IT (operational technology/information technology) convergence are far from cohesive, the associated investment costs remain constraining, and pathways to revenues appear fluid – for key stakeholders to commit to and execute on a roadmap. The collaborative nature of such an endeavor to transform legacy systems in critical infrastructure crammed with heterogeneous brownfield and greenfield devices is a daunting prospect. It will require equipment manufacturers, service providers, cloud platform vendors, and device owners/operators to agree on fundamental aspects of change (whose turf is this to lead the charge?).

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The Uphill Road to OT/IT Convergence

September 23, 2020
By Srinivas Kumar
Chief Product Officer & Chief Technology Officer at Mocana Corporation

 

Across all the major industry sectors, chief risk officers, product managers, solution architects and subject matter experts have to confront the economic, political, intellectual and commercial challenges of industrial and non-industrial IoT with a subjective assessment of the following fundamental introspections.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Trustworthy Devices

August 19, 2020
By Srinivas Kumar
Chief Product Officer & Chief Technology Officer at Mocana Corporation

 

Digital transformation of traditional original equipment manufacturer (OEM) product and solution offerings requires hardening of connected and edge devices with a horizontal platform that provides a "single pane of glass" for operational technology (OT) security.

Deploying greenfield devices in traditional network silos alongside legacy brownfield devices in OT environments introduces major risks and exposes a huge attack surface for cyber warfare.

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In Devices We Trust

May 27, 2020
By Srinivas Kumar
Chief Product Officer at Mocana Corporation

 

A decade ago, cybersecurity professionals engineered a sandbox to trap viruses for introspection. Today, the coronavirus has sandboxed engineers with stay-in-shelter awaiting health checks. The status quo has reversed.

Over two decades ago, the telecommunications industry coined the term “family of equipment failure” referring to a cascade effect wherein the failure of one piece of equipment in a hierarchy could trigger another equipment in a family of interdependent equipment to fail. The coronavirus pandemic triggered a family of institutions and businesses – the supply chain – to fail. The interdependence in device operations and human activities of daily living has been exemplified.

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