Security by Sector: Nozomi Networks Teams with IBM to Secure Industrial Infrastructure

The subject of how information security impacts different industry sectors is an intriguing one. For example, how does the finance industry fare in terms of information security compared to the health sector, or the entertainment business? Are there some sectors that face greater cyber-threats and risks than others? Do some do a better job of keeping data secure, and if so, how and why?

As highlighted in earlier entries in Infosecurity’s Security by Sector series, the industrial infrastructure industry is one rife facing significant cyber-threats, risks and security challenges, often revolving around the industry’s heavy reliance on legacy operational technology (OT).

Well, to help address the various security issues, Nozomi Networks and IBM Security recently announced a new collaboration to answer growing demand for effective, integrated IT and OT cybersecurity services and solutions.

Nozomi and IBM will jointly offer industrial enterprises worldwide better access to converged network visibility, non-intrusive monitoring, continuous threat detection and intelligent OT threat hunting capabilities, the firms explained.

These capabilities will include:

  • A one stop solution for IT and OT Cybersecurity
  • Nozomi Networks on the IBM AppExchange
  • Enhanced integration between Guardian and IBM QRadar
  • Nozomi Networks Solutions support IBM SOCs
  • Hands-on experience with Nozomi Networks Solutions
  • Enhanced security services for IT/OT convergence

“Awareness of escalating threats and cyber-risks to critical infrastructure and industrial operations remains top of mind for our clients,” said Chris McCurdy, vice-president worldwide, IBM Security. “Teaming with Nozomi Networks, our customers immediately gain market-leading OT network monitoring and threat detection technology that is fully integrated with key IBM Security services and platforms such as QRadar. This provides access to simple and fast tools for our customers to improve the visibility and cybersecurity of industrial networks through Nozomi Networks’ deep OT networking expertise.”

Speaking to Infosecurity, Edgard Capdevielle, CEO, Nozomi Networks, said: “The move to team up with IBM is two-fold – addressing both the escalating threats to industrial operations and the move for these organizations to modernize through digital transformation. It is important for organizations to have IT-like visibility into their operational infrastructure, so that CISOs can successfully manage risk across the entire organization. Without this visibility, organizations are leaving a critical gap in their cybersecurity efforts.”

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