Securing OT and Industrial Networking Environments
Leading smart mobility solutions firm, Siemens Mobility has recently announced a collaboration with Claroty, a New York-based Cybersecurity company. The alliance aims to secure operational technology (OT) and industrial networking environments. A unit of Siemens Conglomerate will integrate its data capture unity (DCU) with a continuous threat detection platform created by Claroty under the terms of the agreement. The platform of Claroty is based-on a deep packet inspection engine specifically designed for OT networks. The networks are typically based-on a wide range of proprietary network protocols.
A Turnkey Approach to Maintain Safety Integrity Levels
The cybersecurity proprietary data diode technology is extended by the DCU from Siemens Mobility. This extension creates a getaway through which data flows are only allowed to travel in one direction. Cybercriminals are prevented from using traditional web-based exploits to compromise an industrial network by this approach. Siemens is developing a turnkey approach to maintain safety integrity levels within industrial environments that is affordable to a wider range of organizations by bundling a getaway based on the data diode and Claroty platform in an embedded system. “Claroty has already raised $100 million from investors to bring its IoT security platform to market. However, competition across the IoT security space is already fierce. Organizations traditionally aren’t willing to pay as much to secure operational networks as they do traditional IT networks,” said Emanuel Salmona, Vice President of partnerships for Claroty.
Organizations Embracing IoT
As compared to the time when previous generation of IT platforms were first connected to the internet, more attention is being paid to cybersecurity issues now. It’s only a matter of time before industrial networks are compromised more badly as the attack surface that needs to be defended continues to expand. There have been very infamous attacks already that illustrate how both nation-states and cybercriminals have IoT networks firmly within their sights as potential targets. Lack of cybersecurity expertise within the OT teams has been the fundamental issue many organizations are dealing with. Most internal IT teams are hard-pressed to combat attacks against their own internal systems. It may take time for organizations to develop a firm grasp on IoT cybersecurity, but it’s also clear that most organizations still view the potential rewards for deploying IoT system to still be much greater than the potential risk.