Introduction to Operational Technology Security

The Introduction to Operational Technology (OT) Training is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of OT systems. Operational Te...

Delivery Method: Video-Based Training

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The Introduction to Operational Technology (OT) Training is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of OT systems. Operational Technology refers to the use of hardware and software systems to monitor and control physical processes in industries such as manufacturing, energy, transportation, and infrastructure. This course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the world of OT, including the underlying technologies, architectures, and protocols used in OT systems. Participants will gain a solid foundation in the core components of OT and develop an understanding of their importance in critical infrastructure sectors.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the basics of Operational Technology (OT) and its applications in various industries.
  • Explore the key components and architecture of OT systems.
  • Gain familiarity with common OT protocols and their significance.
  • Learn about the cybersecurity challenges and best practices in OT environments.
  • Develop an understanding of the integration between IT (Information Technology) and OT systems.
  • Identify the potential risks and vulnerabilities in OT systems and strategies to mitigate them.
  • Explore real-world case studies and examples of OT implementations.
  • Gain hands-on experience with OT tools and technologies through practical exercises.

Course Outline

Course Outline For Introduction to Operational Technology Security

Introduction to Operational Technology

  • Introduction to Operational Technology (OT) and its role in critical infrastructure sectors
  • Key differences between IT and OT systems
  • Overview of OT components and their functions and Importance of OT system reliability
  • availability
  • and performance

OT Architecture and Protocols

  • Understanding the architecture of OT systems
  • Overview of common OT protocols (e.g.
  • Modbus
  • DNP3
  • OPC
  • IEC 61850)
  • Communication and data exchange in OT environments
  • and Integration between OT and IT networks

OT Cybersecurity

  • Introduction to OT cybersecurity and its challenges
  • Threat landscape in OT environments
  • Best practices for securing OT systems and Network segmentation and access control in OT networks

Risk Management in OT

  • Identifying risks and vulnerabilities in OT systems
  • Strategies for risk assessment and mitigation
  • Incident response and recovery in OT environments
  • and Compliance requirements and regulatory frameworks

Practical Exercises and Case Studies

  • Hands-on experience with OT tools and technologies
  • Analysis of real-world case studies and examples
  • Group discussions and Q&A sessions and Final assessment and course wrap-up

Course Delivery Format

Video-based presentations with a blend of visuals, audio, and narrative to engage learners and provide effective teaching.

Course Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisites for this course. However, a basic understanding of Industrial control systems (ICS), SCADA & industrial internet of things (IIoT), and cybersecurity concepts will be beneficial.

Career Path

  • OT Cybersecurity Analyst
  • OT Security Engineer
  • OT Cyber Security Architect
  • Junior OT Security Specialist
Career Path

Target Audience

  • IT professionals looking to expand their knowledge into the field of Operational Technology
  • Engineers, technicians, and supervisors working in industries with OT systems
  • Security professionals interested in understanding the unique challenges of OT cybersecurity
  • Managers and decision-makers involved in the deployment and management of OT systems

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What is the structure of The course?

The course is broken down into individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although you are free to spend as much or as little time as you feel necessary on each module, simply log in and out of the course at your convenience.

Is there a Certificate of completion?

Upon completion of your training course, you will receive a Certificate of completion displaying your full name, course completed as well as the date of completion. You can print this out or save it digitally to showcase your accomplishment.

Is there any downloadable course materials or transcript?



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Certification Experience

Exams & Certifications

  • Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional Certification (GICSP)
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