Industrial cybersecurity is a prerogative that companies and governments should not take lightly. In recent times, the number of cyberattacks targeting the manufacturing industry, as well as critical infrastructure, demonstrates the potential chaos and disruption that cybercriminals can cause.
While cyberattacks on critical infrastructure are typically carried out by state-sponsored hackers, the manufacturing industry can be targeted by almost any cybercriminal looking to make a profit or just feeling mischievous.
Some examples of cyberattacks involving critical infrastructure and manufacturing include the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, as well as cyberattacks on critical infrastructure in Ukraine and Russia following the conflict in that region.
In the US, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency published a joint advice on cybersecurity outlining the ways in which China’s state-sponsored cyber actors continue to exploit publicly known vulnerabilities to establish a vast network of compromised infrastructure. These actors use the network to exploit a wide variety of targets around the world, including private and public sector organizations.
The advisory details the guidance and commitment of major telecommunications companies and network service providers and the top vulnerabilities, primarily Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), associated with network devices routinely exploited by cyber actors since 2020.
In Southeast Asia, reports have also shown nation-state sponsored cybercriminals spying on nations through the telecommunications network, raising concerns among some countries in this region. Cyberattacks in Southeast Asia also continue to be one of the highest in the world, with cybercriminals targeting both industries and employees.
As such, to enhance industrial cybersecurity, Schneider Electric has announced its collaboration with Claroty to integrate The Claroty Platform into their offering, enabling them to better address emerging cybersecurity concerns, including protection, security and insurance for industrial customers. .
Driven by the competitive advantages of digital transformation, more and more industrial companies are connecting previously isolated operational technology (OT) to corporate IT networks, while introducing new IoT and industrial IoT assets into these converged OT/IT environments. . As a result, industrial systems have become more exposed to new types of cyber threats with serious implications for physical security and the environment.
The nature and scale of these threats means that they cannot be faced alone and must be a priority in all aspects of the industrial process. The collaboration between Schneider Electric and Claroty provides the industry with an enhanced level of cybersecurity.
“We see cybersecurity as a key differentiator. Through our collaboration with Claroty, we are reinforcing its importance to the industrial process and taking active steps to mitigate new challenges. We are entering a new era of openness in the industrial world and so is cybersecurity,” said Jay Abdallah, vice president of cybersecurity services at Schneider Electric.
The Claroty platform reveals and protects all OT, IoT, and IIoT assets while detecting and responding to early indicators of potential threats in industrial cybersecurity. With fast and highly flexible deployment options, a broad integration ecosystem, and a robust API, the platform seamlessly integrates with customers’ existing technology stacks and is universally compatible with their existing workflows, regardless of scale. , architecture or programmatic maturity. The platform is also the industry’s only solution with fully integrated secure remote access and remote incident management capabilities that span the entire incident lifecycle.
For Keith Carter, VP Worldwide Channels and Allliances at Claroty, as industrial machinery and processes become increasingly connected to corporate IT networks and the Internet to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs, they also become more exposed to cyber threats that could disrupt operations
“Digital transformation must go hand in hand with cybersecurity, and this integration between Schneider Electric and Claroty offers a market-leading combination that is tailored for industrial environments,” said Carter.
When it comes to industrial cybersecurity, Schneider Electric has a long-standing commitment to IT/OT cybersecurity across all industries. This is demonstrated in a global commitment to the IEC 62443 standard and the company’s ‘Secure by Design’ product development practices, including internal testing in CREST certified laboratories. The addition of Claroty’s technology and solutions reinforces that commitment, while differentiating the benefits that Schneider Electric offers to end-user customers.