OT Cybersecurity Training for IT Professionals

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Are you an IT Professional? Take this course to get a handle on OT Security.

If you are an IT Professional, then you must be aware of the growing importance of OT systems. OT stands for Operational Technology and refer to those computer systems that monitor and control physical objects, such as manufacturing plants, machinery, electrical circuit breakers, transformers, valves, pumps and a host of other physical equipment.

These OT systems are increasingly being interconnected at various levels with IT Systems. As an IT systems professional, you are already aware of the importance of cyber security for your IT systems. Similarly and even more so, OT systems also have to be protected against cyber

This self-guided OT security awareness e-training course combines interactive text, video content, animations, and assessments to guide learners through the vital principles of OT cybersecurity.

Why is OT security training important for IT Professionals?

Today OT systems are everywhere in almost all business sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, defense, utilities, energy, mining, healthcare, logistics and critical infrastructure. Most of these OT systems are computer based, unlike in older times when many of these were electro-mechanical systems. Since these systems are computer based, IT professionals are tasked with maintaining them and protecting them from cyber attacks, as well as integrating and/or interfacing them with business IT systems such as Enterprise ERP systems.

However, there are fundamental differences in IT systems and OT systems, that IT Professionals need to know.

Also, there are several challenges in securing these systems, such as their easy vulnerability to cyber attacks, the diverse nature of these systems and the lack of security tools. It is important for IT professionals who are tasked with maintaining and securing these systems to know this.

This self paced e-learning course covers these aspects and more.

OT security Training Course Structure

This course  is composed of seven modules, each helps understand an important aspect about securing OT systems from cyber attacks.

Module 1: Basic Concepts of OT Systems and Cybersecurity

This module covers basic concepts of cybersecurity including differences between OT systems and IT systems,  consequences of attacks on OT Systems,  concepts of vulnerabilities, different types of malware, attack surface, attacks on OT Systems, concept of DMZ, common attack techniques including supply chain attacks.

 

Module 2: Overview of different OT Systems

This module covers the different types of OT systems that you may encounter including Industrial Automation and Control Systems such as DCS (Distributed Control Systems), PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers),  SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems) and SIS (Safety Instrumented Systems).

This module also covers the evolution of these systems from manual operations to those based on electrical and pneumatic systems, analog electronic systems and finally programmable systems based on microprocessors and software. Covers concept of field devices, signal flows between control room to field devices, Purdue Model, IIoT devices in legacy OT networks.

Module 3: Past and Recent attacks on OT Systems

Here you will get an overview of incidents of attacks. It includes attacks on OT Systems directly (such as Stuxnet) as well as attacks on IT Systems that affected OT Systems (such as Colonial Pipeline).

Module 4: OT Security Challenges

Here you learn about the top 7 challenges of securing OT Systems from cyber attacks. These include among others the unique nature of every OT system, use of IT security tools in OT environments and more.

Module 5: OT Security Standards

Get an overview of various standards that are prevalent in the OT Security domain including IEC 62443 (published parts), NIST 800-83 Rev 3,  CIP (NERC) & ISO 27002

Module 6: OT Security Risk Management

Learn about the basic concepts of Hazards, Risks and Consequences, how it is different from IT System risk management, concept of Security Triad, vulnerabilities in OT system architectures.

Module 7:  Securing your OT System

Learn about the OT cybersecurity lifecycle, actions by individuals and actions by organizations.

Why you should take this Course

  1. Easy to understand language and flow, learn from fundamental principles without getting bored or confused by jargon.
  2. Affordable for any budget (If your organization has multiple learners then you can get this course at an even lesser price)
  3. Modular Structure: Complete each module at your own pace
  4. Expertly crafted: Made with contributions from experts who have had cumulatively thousands of man days of experience in OT systems and securing them

Will I get a certificate?

You will receive a Certificate of Completion after you complete all modules of the course. If you wish to learn more and gain a proficiency certificate, you can enroll in the Abhisam CICP course (Certified Industrial Cybersecurity Course) here.

 

Our curriculum spans seven detailed modules, each dedicated to a key component of OT cybersecurity. This course  is designed to cater to people wishing to understand OT cyberseecurity at a basic level, offering insights and actionable tactics for all. This course can be used to enhance knowledge of Plant Engineers, Plant Managers and IT professionals, including IT Security Professionals and System Administrators in the principles of OT cybersecurity. This can be used as an ICS security awareness course for Instrumentation and Control System engineers.

  1. Fundamentals of OT Systems and Cybersecurity

    Key Learnings: Grasp the basic principles of Operational Technology (OT) and the critical role of cybersecurity within these frameworks. Understand the overlap between IT and OT and the significance of securing OT systems for the safety of our infrastructure. This module introduces the essentials of cybersecurity.

  2. Understand how OT Systems work

    Key Learnings: Explore the various OT systems, their applications, and what sets them apart from conventional IT systems. This module prepares learners for the complex task of protecting these crucial systems, covering the evolution from mechanical and analog systems to modern programmable controls. Gain insights into DCS, PLC, and SCADA systems fundamentals.

  3. Historical OT Cyberattack Analysis

    Key Learnings: Analyze past OT cyberattacks for a clearer understanding of the tactics employed by attackers as well as the consequences of such attacks. This historical perspective is crucial for predicting and preventing future threats and understanding the potential outcomes of an OT system breach.

  4. Challenges in OT Cybersecurity

    Key Learnings: Understand the unique challenges of securing OT systems, including issues with legacy systems, patching , the inadequacy of standard IT cybersecurity tools, IT and OT convergence, and the real-world impacts of cyber threats.

  5.  OT Cybersecurity Standards

    Key Learnings: Know about the leading standards and frameworks that govern OT cybersecurity. Includes an introduction to IEC 62443 and NIST 800-82.

  6. Managing Cyber Risks in OT

    Key Learnings: Understand the basics of identifying hazards, risks, vulnerabilities, and threats specific to OT Systems. It’s highlighted that risk management for OT differs significantly from IT, with a focus on the physical repercussions of cyber attacks.

  7.  Protecting your OT Systems from cyber threats

    Key Learnings: Learn actionable strategies and best practices for defending OT systems from cyber threats. This module covers the implementation of security measures, including actions that individuals can take immediately and actions that organizations can take in the initial stages of implementing an OT cybersecurity program. Gain knowledge on the Abhisam OT Cybersecurity Lifecycle and the top security controls to significantly enhance security measures.

Why you should take this Course

1. Easy to understand language and flow, learn from fundamental principles without getting bored or confused by jargon.

2. Affordable for any budget (If your organization has multiple learners then you can get this course at an even lesser price)

3. Modular Structure: Complete each module at your own pace

4. Expertly crafted: Made with contributions from experts who have had cumulatively thousands of man days of experience in OT systems and securing them

Will I get a certificate?

You will receive a Certificate of Completion after you complete all modules of the course. If you wish to learn more and gain a proficiency certificate, you can enroll in the Abhisam CICP course (Certified Industrial Cybersecurity Course) here.

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