Darktrace, Siemens Ink Partner Pact

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 @ 02:05 PM gHale

Darktrace and Siemens signed a partnership deal to bring artificial intelligence-based cyber defense to electric utilities and the oil and gas industry.

With Darktrace’s technology and Siemens’ OT security portfolio, the partnership will allow users to leverage the strength of both companies to detect and respond to cyber attacks.

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As the industrial sectors become more digital to achieve revenue and efficiency gains, there is a corresponding need to identify cyber-threats at their earliest stages – going beyond compliance regulations to secure operations.

Along those lines, utilities and oil and gas organizations must defend their entire networks against persistent and highly sophisticated cyber-threats without disrupting business processes. In the oil and gas industry digitization brings a convergence of IT and OT with critical data travelling from the field, to the control room, to the enterprise network.

Leveraging advances in machine learning and probabilistic mathematics, Darktrace’s platform can detect and remediate in-progress cyber-threats at their nascent stages. By learning the ‘pattern of life’ for every network, device, and user across OT and IT networks, the AI algorithms can identify and automatically take action against emerging attacks.

As an industrial technology provider for more than 165 years, Siemens has an inherent and holistic understanding of how to manage cyber risk in complex operating environments.

“As energy infrastructure becomes increasingly data-driven, it is critical for operators to quickly detect and disrupt cyber threats,” said Aymeric Sarrazin, senior vice president, controls and digitalization at Siemens Power Generation Services. “Through this strategic collaboration, Siemens and Darktrace will give customers actionable insights and intelligence to be faster in identifying and neutralizing those threats, protecting critical assets from harmful and costly attacks.”

“As OT environments become more digital, they open a new and glaring vulnerability in organizations of all sizes,” said Nicole Eagan, chief executive at Darktrace. “With over 2,400 deployments to date, Darktrace’s immune system technology is uniquely capable of not only identifying in-progress threats, but also neutralizing them. This new era of cyber warfare has resulted in an increased demand for our machine learning technology, which is uniquely capable of providing automated security to environments that extend beyond the corporate network.”

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