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    OT Asset Discovery

    What is OT Asset Discovery?

    OT asset discovery is the process of detecting, scanning, and inventorying operational technology (OT) assets on a network. It’s a form of network scanning that specifically focuses on non-IT assets and devices, such as industrial control systems, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

    OT asset discovery typically involves the identification of IP addresses, port numbers, MAC addresses, and other network attributes of OT assets. The goal of this process is to build an inventory of all connected OT assets in order to better manage and secure them.

    What are the benefits of performing OT asset discovery?

    1. Improved Internal Visibility: OT asset discovery helps organizations quickly identify and inventory all of their OT assets, providing improved internal visibility into their control system environment.
    2. Improved Security: A comprehensive asset discovery process can help organizations build a detailed asset inventory, allowing them to better understand the relationships between their OT assets and identify potential vulnerabilities.
    3. Improved Maintenance: Accurately identifying and categorizing OT assets can help organizations improve their maintenance and patch management processes, ensuring that all assets are kept up-to-date.
    4. Improved Compliance: OT asset discovery helps organizations ensure they’re meeting all relevant regulatory requirements, such as the NERC CIP standards.
    5. Improved Cost Savings: Accurately tracking and managing OT assets can help organizations save money by reducing downtime and optimizing their asset utilization.