Industrial Defender sets up IT-OT Integration Lab for ICS cybersecurity

IT-OT Integration

OT security company Industrial Defender has launched its IT-OT Integration Lab to accelerate advancements in the industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity space by providing a setting to simulate new technologies virtually. With the lab, Industrial Defender seeks to eliminate traditional physical and economic barriers to experiencing ICS security technologies for end users and partners.

The IT-OT Integration Lab will be used to research and develop emerging technologies and test cybersecurity integrations, and deliver rapid and realistic evaluations of the company’s Automation Systems Manager (ASM) at a lower cost than a traditional proof-of-concept (PoC), Industrial Defender said. It also offers hands-on, virtual experiences for those who want to learn how to apply cybersecurity fundamentals, as well as product training for the ASM.

With the Industrial Defender ASM offering, users can create a solid foundation to apply effective OT (operational technology) security controls using an asset-centric methodology for endpoint data collection and normalization, and mitigate cyber threats quickly with actionable security data from passive, on-demand vulnerability monitoring.

The offering also delivers enhanced IT and OT collaboration with integrations that deliver enterprise-level visibility, access and situational awareness into critical ICS environments. It also helps to automate standards and regulatory compliance with built-in policy and reporting templates for standards like NERC CIP, NIST and the NIS Directive.

“By virtualizing cybersecurity technology assessments, the IT-OT Integration Lab will allow our customers and partners to make strategic security decisions faster and at a lower cost,” said Jim Crowley, CEO at Industrial Defender. “Our lab will also support important R&D efforts for both our product team and partners to bring innovative new solutions to market.”

“Waterfall Security Solutions is pleased to participate in Industrial Defender’s IT-OT Integration Lab,” said Lior Frenkel, CEO and co-founder of Waterfall Security Solutions.

“The lab serves an important role, enabling manufacturing and critical infrastructure enterprises to experience virtually how Waterfall’s hardware-enforced solution safely transmits industrial data from control systems to enterprise security teams in a real-world environment.”

Earlier this week, Industrial Defender partnered with aDolus Technology to mitigate the risk of supply chain attacks in ICS environments. ADolus offers AI technology that correlates information from diverse sources about ICS, IIoT, and IoT firmware and software, to provide continuous assurance that packages and their sub-components are legitimate, tamper-free, and safe to ship and install.

Canada-based aDolus provides a platform called FACT for brokering security information on ICS and IoT software and firmware. The platform aggregates information on software created by manufacturers of intelligent devices used in regulated and critical industries. Industrial Defender’s products are now included in the FACT platform, allowing users to apply product updates with the assurance that the files they are using are genuine, tamper-free, and Industrial Defender-approved.

Industrial Defender’s ASM and Building Defender offerings protect availability and safety of ICS and building management systems respectively. They allow asset owners to manage core cyber security and compliance tasks from a single application. By registering these products on the FACT platform, Industrial Defender is protecting its customers from these supply chain attacks by providing independent authentication of packages prior to installation.

“The software supply chain is an extremely attractive target for attackers because a successful supply chain attack yields access to so much more than the initial victim,” said Eric Byres, CEO of aDolus and inventor of the Tofino Firewall, in a press statement. “SolarWinds is a perfect example of how bad actors needed to compromise only one company to go on to affect over 18,000 organizations, including US government agencies, the US military, and most of the Fortune 500 companies,” said Eric Byres, CEO of aDolus and inventor of the Tofino Firewall.

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