Claroty Signs Cyber Pact in Singapore

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 03:09 PM gHale

Quann, managed security services provider (MSSP) in Singapore, and network monitoring start up, Claroty, signed a partnership pact to address critical information infrastructure (CII) cybersecurity issues in Singapore.

The partnership aligns with the Singapore Government’s vision to create a secure Smart Nation by securing control systems, which form the backbone of most of the CII, such as communications, power, water and transportation.

Claroty has been making big inroads in the manufacturing automation space as the start up inked a partnership pact with Rockwell Automation and with Schneider Electric in the past year.

“This partnership has been in stealth mode for over a year as we have been building up our joint capabilities and carrying out trials for key customers,” said Foo Siang-tse, managing director of Quann. “The OT risk is the next biggest security challenge that will face organizations going forward. CII are typically very secure from a physical perspective but there often are vulnerabilities in both the IT and OT domain. There will be real-world consequences when there are OT breaches.”

“OT facilities, such as energy plants, typically run on legacy systems and thus have naturally become easy targets to cyber terrorists and hackers,” Foo said. “There is a common misconception that air gapping is the panacea to OT security issues. The reality is that air-gaps can be compromised for a variety of operational reasons.”

“We believe that there is no more important mission in cyber security today than securing the control system networks that run the world,” said Colin Blou, vice president of worldwide sales at Claroty.

Quann’s OT security solution, powered by Claroty, can view complex multi-vendor OT environments, get full visibility to all assets, traffic and legitimate behavior, as well as uncover hidden issues.

Traditional IT security software often requires an “active” footprint on the network, which can disrupt operations. However, Quann’s OT security solution uses a passive-monitoring approach to safely inspect traffic without the risk of disruption to the availability and operations of OT systems. Apart from monitoring, this solution also generates actionable alerts which enable cyber security and plant teams to rapidly and efficiently respond to security threats and control remote access.

“You are only as secure as your weakest link,” Foo said. “The biggest risk today is that facilities are secured in silo, i.e., the physical, IT and OT domain are protected differently and separately. Just as perpetrators will take a holistic view to seek out vulnerabilities, security defense teams need to adopt a similar whole-of-organization approach to total security. Enterprises are truly secure only if they are cyber secure.”

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