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Why shouldn't IT and Hybrid SOCs be used to secure industrial networks?

While there are positive relationships between IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operation Technology) networks, the operational bias of their cybersecurity is quite different. While the main pillar of IT cybersecurity is information confidentiality, the main pillar of OT cybersecurity is availability. This means that to achieve their cybersecurity goals, such environments need to differentiate in their technologies, methodologies and strategies. However, hybrid Security Operations Centers (SOCs) are now appearing on the market; that is, those in which cybersecurity experts in IT and OT environments work together to manage the security of OT networks. This type of hybrid management poses high risks to the operational continuity of OT networks. This article provides a more in-depth explanation of the various aspects of operating network security management to demonstrate why it is not recommended to use IT SOCs and Hybrid SOCs to secure industrial networks.