Johnson Controls Powers Smart Building Cyber ​​Defenses Through Acquisition of Tempered Networks

Johnson Controls Powers Smart Building Cyber ​​Defenses Through Acquisition of Tempered Networks

Johnson controlsa global technology company specializing in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, has strengthened its cybersecurity defenses through the acquisition of tempered networks.

This is the 575th technology M&A deal that MSSP Alert and its sister site ChannelE2E have covered so far in 2022. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Airwall Technology advances Zero Trust cybersecurity

Tempered Networks is a zero-trust cybersecurity provider of “Airwall” technology designed to advance self-defense systems for buildings. Airwall enables secure network access across diverse groups of endpoint devices, perimeter gateways, cloud platforms and service technicians, according to a press release from Johnson Controls.

Tempered Networks uses software-defined perimeters to create secure communications, enabling micro-segmentation of building networks and granular authentication and access control. Johnson Controls will deploy the Tempered Networks platform at its OpenBlue AI-enabled platformas well as in a growing number of products and services.

The acquisition will further Johnson Controls’ “vision of enabling fully autonomous buildings that are inherently resilient to cyber attacks.” And it ensures that data exchanges and service actions between buildings can only take place between people and devices that are continuously authenticated.

Acquisition Accelerates Smart Building Cyber ​​Defenses

Headquartered in Cork, Ireland, Johnson Controls has a 135-year history that today employs a global team of 100,000 people in more than 150 countries, and has the world’s largest portfolio of construction technology, software and solutions. as a service.

Tempered Networks is a network and computer security company based in Seattle, Washington. Tempered Networks, founded in 2012, employs approximately 75 people as of June 2022.

In a prepared statement on the deal, Vijay Sankaran, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Johnson Controls, described the impact of Tempered Networks’ Airwall approach:

“When it comes to buildings, we need to create easily deployable cybersecurity defenses, as we are often dealing with critical infrastructure, including assets such as data centers and hospitals. Tempered Networks’ Airwall approach is designed specifically for our industry, as it is designed around zero-trust principles to secure device communications as data moves between devices and the cloud.”

Bryan Skene, chief technology officer of Tempered Networks, praised the acquisition:

“Digital transformation is the primary way we will make the world’s buildings more autonomous and resilient. Being acquired by Johnson Controls allows us to fully integrate our Airwall technology into their software stack, providing an advanced security platform for a range of edge-to-cloud applications. Our ambition, now that we are part of Johnson Controls, is that building systems everywhere can be managed from anywhere and remain secure against cyber threats.”

Airwall technology explained

Tempered Networks’ Airwall technology uses Host Identity Protocol and a cloud-based policy orchestration platform to create new overlay networks based on encrypted and authenticated communications, according to Johnson Controls.

The policy manager (also known as the driver) enforces configured digital policies that control connections within the covert overlay system. Once a communication device is successfully authenticated, an encrypted tunnel is created through which data flows. An advantage of this cybersecurity technique is the creation of a software-defined, always-on security perimeter that protects device-to-device, device-to-cloud, and device-to-user interactions.

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