Industrial Cybersecurity vendors are going deeper into verticals, partnering with subject matter experts in each field. The aim is clear, they need the knowledge and wisdom that only these partners can provide to solve the real intrinsic problems that industrial companies are facing.
“There is a vital need for a convergence and integration of cybersecurity and domain expertise in these environments,” said Jonathon Gordon, Directing Analyst of Industrial Cybersecurity for Takepoint Research. “The OT environment is incredibly sensitive; any solution needs to tread lightly and understand all possible outcome scenarios. Industrial Cybersecurity vendors need to forge these types of deep partnership and integration to enable their solutions to tackle the real problems and deal with the real-world outcomes if they are to move to across the chasm. We will see more of this.”
Yesterday, Tripwire and Eaton announced a technology partnership with power management company Eaton. With this partnership, Tripwire and Eaton are making it easier and faster for U.S. utilities to comply with evolving cybersecurity requirements, including North American Electric Reliability Corporation critical infrastructure protection (NERC CIP).
“Tripwire’s partnership with Eaton allows utility companies to run their cybersecurity programs more efficiently and operate with confidence,” said Kristen Poulos, VP and general manager of industrial cybersecurity at Tripwire. “Integrating our complementary technologies enhances the security of critical substation environments by streamlining tools and processes, without risking interruptions to their operations.”
The Eaton and Tripwire technology partnership eliminates the manual process of entering data across disparate risk and compliance tools. The technology integration will allow Tripwire Enterprise for Industrial Devices to automate data collection and analysis from Eaton’s IED Manager Software that monitors intelligent electronic devices (IEDs), such as relays, remote terminal units (RTUs), and connected input/output (I/O).
“Eaton grid automation solutions yield powerful data for a smarter grid, while our enterprise-wide cybersecurity approach enables our customers to meet stringent specifications and expectations for secure power,” said Ken Polarek, global marketing director of Energy Automation Solutions at Eaton. “Eaton is creating strong industry partnerships, including with Tripwire, that help customers simplify and save time when assessing the NERC-CIP compliance of their substations.”
In a similar vein, at the CyberTech2020 conference in Tel Aviv, Yiftah Ron-Tal, the chairman of Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) said his company would be looking to share its expertise. Ron-tal said the IEC had signed an agreement to collaborate with a leading Japanese utility corporation on cyber protection, including supporting the corporation’s efforts at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
According to the jpost, Ron-Tal told the conference that the IEC experienced an average of 11,000 “cyber-suspected events” every second in 2019. He went on to state that the “IEC is probably one of the most cyber-attacked organizations in the world, but also one of the most protected. These experiences led us to the following conclusions: cyber is everywhere, cyberattacks can happen everywhere or use any paths to penetrate organizations. The variety of attacks is increasing all the time and their sophistication is growing.”