This guide compares the two company’s solutions according to key criteria required by critical infrastructure (CI) organizations and the employees, contractors, and vendors they need to enable/support. This includes minimizing operational cost and complexity, providing frictionless access (local/remote) to operational technology (OT) assets, and protecting the data streams and OT protocols used to access those OT assets.
The comparison highlights the difference between a self-contained and hardened secure user access solution (XONA) and one that requires either a hybrid cloud/on-premises implementation or an entirely on-premises deployment involving multiple software components installed on VMs, 3rd-party hardware, and/or an appliance.
In this comparison guide, you will learn about secure user access for OT/CI and specifically:
- Why simplicity, the technology employed, and compliance matters.
- The importance of a solution purpose-built for OT/CI.
- How ease and speed of deployment, manageability, usability, and impact on network complexity are key variables in minimizing operational costs and complexity.
- Security based on a zero-trust ‘least privilege’ model, and the ability to protect data streams and OT protocols.
- Minimizing the potential for any cyber risk to be introduced into your trusted OT environment.
- Supporting secondary capabilities such as user monitoring, secure file transfers, etc.
Choosing the Right Secure User Access Solution for OT/CI
When evaluating secure user access for OT/CI one should look for solutions that can reduce the cost and complexity of administering safe, secure, and reliable access, while reducing mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) and improving uptime and reliability. A XONA comparison to Xage highlights the difference between a self-contained and purpose-built solution for OT/CI, and one that requires a cloud to effectively address complexity and risk.
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