Even with the same manufacturing organization Information Technology (IT) and Operation Technology (OT) can seem like in separate world. They do not always speak the same language. For IT, security means protecting most sensitive data and on the other hand for OT, security means protecting organization’s people and equipment.
Before understanding the difference between IT and OT, let’s understand IT and OT separately.
Information Technology (IT)
Information Technology is a combination of information and communication technology. The main focus of IT are the development, maintenance, and use of computer software, systems and networks. IT stores data or information in a database, as per the requirement, those data or information are retrieved, transmitted and manipulated by IT according to the context of a business or other enterprise.
Operation Technology (OT)
Operational technology (OT) is a type of computing and communication system. It manages, monitors and controls industrial operations. The main focus of OT is physical devices and their performance & processes.
3 Importance of IT
IT helps to increase the efficiency and productivity of a business.
IT helps to manage data, information systems, customer relationship.
Millions of job created by IT.
3 Importance of OT
OT is considered as the hardware and software that keeps things, for instance factories, power plants, facility equipment etc. running
It detects or causes a change of physical devices
OT commits to provide no incident and no unplanned downtime
Some Examples of IT
Examples of Information Technology includes,
Personal computers and their accessories
Landline and Mobile Phones
Flash drives and most types of software.
Some Examples of OT
Examples of Operation Technology includes,
Plant floor control systems
Hospital diagnostic and monitoring systems
Transportation control systems
Civil infrastructure (e.g. toll way automation and water management)