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Operational Technology Risk: A view from internal auditors

Operational Technology Risk: A view from internal audit

Insights into operational technology risk taken from our recent industry round-table.


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KPMG recently hosted a debate with internal audit leaders from a group of energy, life sciences, transport and manufacturing organisations, discussing how they are approaching the risks presented by Operational Technology (OT). OT comprises industrial control equipment and systems used by organisations automating their manufacturing, processing, logistics, warehousing and R&D. 

Historically, OT systems were standalone and isolated from corporate networks but this is no longer the case; the prevalence of malware in the second half of this decade has brought to the fore the additional – and very significant – risks concerning OT, that organisations are now exposed to. 

We identify the seven key operational technology risk areas:

  1. Building a common understanding of OT risks and associated controls
  2. Human behaviours impacting OT controls
  3. Impact of new technology
  4. Impact of evolving regulation
  5. Impact of vendors
  6. Gaining assurance over OT risks
  7. Sourcing OT skills for audits

Please download our full report – Operational Technology Risk: A view from internal auditors (PDF 0.7 MB).

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