Campbell, California and Tel Aviv, Israel (September 10, 2019)
California-based Barracuda Networks and Israel-based SCADAfence announce a solution to enforce security levels across operational technology (OT), critical infrastructure networks, and smart buildings by providing visibility, detection, and automated incident response to a growing number of new and critical security threats.
The digital transformation of industrial control system (ICS) environments, which include an extended adoption of advanced technologies and connection to regular IT networks, has led to new security challenges. The rapid growth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has also extended previously sealed-off IT systems to devices such as surveillance cameras and building entry systems.
Facilities such as manufacturing facilities and critical utilities formerly relied on a perceived “air gap” between their IT and OT systems and the internet. But increased digitalization has had the effect of closing the air gap and opening IT and OT systems up to potential attacks via the internet. Rising connectivity between manufacturing plants, critical infrastructure facilities, smart buildings, and their corresponding external environments has exposed OT networks to a threat landscape ranging from targeted attacks to generic ransomware.
“By leveraging Barracuda’s award-winning CloudGen Firewall, SCADAfence seamlessly adds internal OT security and visibility to existing security controls, combining OT threat detection with automatic enforcement capabilities to improve incident response,” said Barracuda VP & GM, Network Security, Dr. Klaus Gheri. “It also enables industrial control systems to monitor all remote access activities in real time to ensure that no unauthorized access or changes occur.”
The SCADAfence Platform continuously monitors internal OT network traffic and, by analyzing the proprietary industrial protocols, provides asset discovery, inventory, vulnerability management, and threat detection. Combining SCADAfence’s understanding of the internal OT network activities with Barracuda’s CloudGen Firewall network protection and threat mitigation capabilities extends the visibility and security enforcement capabilities from standard IT to specialized networks driving today’s operational technology. Barracuda’s CloudGen Firewall products leverage the accurate data coming from the SCADAfence Platform.
The solution provides these main benefits:
- Stronger internal OT security and better visibility to the existing IT security controls.
- Combines OT threat detection with automatic enforcement capabilities to automate incident response.
- Increases network resilience by ensuring proper enforcement of security policies.
- Monitors remote access activities and ensures that only authorized changes are performed.
- Prevents unwanted protocol usage.
- Blocks unauthorized access.
To ensure proper security control and risk management, organizations in manufacturing, critical infrastructures, and smart buildings need to deploy dedicated security solutions either within the OT network and on the perimeter between IT and OT, or between the internet and OT. The new solution combines leading monitoring, segmentation, and secure remote access solutions so organizations can have the peace of mind that they are protected in the new digital era.
"We are excited to join forces with Barracuda Networks to provide organizations in manufacturing, critical infrastructures, and smart buildings a holistic solution that effectively protects IT/OT environments," said Elad Ben-Meir, CEO of SCADAfence. "Together, we have established a platform that provides the perfect balance between security and network visibility by ensuring operational continuity while maximizing the pace of efficiency."
You can find more details regarding the integration here.
At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-enabled, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data, and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers’ journey. More than 150,000 organizations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them — in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. For more information, visit barracuda.com.
SCADAfence is the global technology leader in OT cyber security. The SCADAfence platform enables organizations with complex OT networks to embrace the benefits of industrial IoT by reducing cyber risks and mitigating operational threats. The non-intrusive platform provides full coverage of large-scale networks, offering best-in-class detection accuracy, asset discovery and user experience with minimal false-positives. SCADAfence delivers security and visibility to some of the world's most complex OT networks, including the largest manufacturing facility in Europe. SCADAfence enables organizations in manufacturing, building management and critical infrastructure industries to operate securely, reliably and efficiently. To learn more, go to www.scadafence.com
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