Energy management company Schneider Electric has partnered with cybersecurity ratings firm BitSight to improve threat detection in the operational technology (OT) sector.
Industrial edge assets will be protected through a joint threat intelligence solution designed to identify deployments that could be prone to attacks or security weaknesses.
The companies plan to focus on OT protocols exposed over the internet and contextualise them with improved attribution. The decision comes in response to the rise of hackers targeting industrial and operational sites.
Stephen Boyer, co-founder and CTO of BitSight, said: “”Operational technology systems are often exposed and vulnerable to attackers who can exploit them through connected devices and converging networks.”
“By partnering with Schneider Electric, we are proactively addressing this downstream risk by expanding our capabilities to better detect customers’ industrial infrastructure and control systems at risk and to help them improve business resilience.”
Schneider Electric says that its expertise with OT systems combined with BitSight’s aptitude for exposure detection and management will provide customers with valuable insights to protect against external risks.
Christophe Blassiau, SVP of cybersecurity and global CISO at Schneider Electric, said: “With the enriched data and insight collected by BitSight, Schneider Electric is developing an OT threat intelligence capability to notify and work with customers who have exposed assets or insecure internet-facing deployments.”
The companies are urging industry vendors to join their partnership and contribute towards a global threat intelligence operation for the OT sector.
Other vendors will be able to share data to improve risk detection and reduce operational security weaknesses.
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