By Gregory Hale
We all need to work together.

In security there is the old axiom that says there is no one silver bullet to security a solution, but you need layers of defense to prevent an attacker from getting through. The same can be said for cybersecurity vendors and solution providers as there is no one single provider that can solve a security issue. Rather, by working together they can create a layer of defense to slow or even stop an attack.

By looking at just a few of the partnerships signed this week, it is easy to see solution providers and vendors just “get it.” They are not looking at everyone as being a competitor, but rather organizations coming together to ensure their customers stay secure.

To that end, you have OT and IoT security provider, Nozomi Networks, expanding its partnership with Mandiant so industrial and enterprise CISOs can anticipate, diagnose and respond to cyber threats.

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2 Dragos Partnerships
Dragos had a big week by expanding its partnership with CrowdStrike to integrate OT threat intelligence from the Dragos Platform into the CrowdStrike Falcon Next-Gen SIEM. Dragos also inked a partnership with OT remote access security provider Cyolo.

And to help train everyone on securing systems, cybersecurity solution provider, Armexa, inked a course licensing agreement with the International Society of Automation (ISA) to deliver its industrial cybersecurity training suite of courses to clients based in North America.

These partnerships fall in line with some of the latest numbers showing over the last year there were 68 attacks with physical consequences found affecting over 500 physical sites, a 19 percent hike over the 57 attacks reported in the previous year, according to the ICSSTRIVE-Waterfall 2024 Threat Report. ICSSTRIVE.com is a sister publication of ISSSource.com.

In addition, in 2023, there was a significant number of cyberattacks with physical consequences detailed in regulatory filings because of new financial industry rules mandating such disclosures. To that end, costs for cyberattacks on various companies ranged from $27 million for Johnson Controls, $49 million for Clorox and up to $450 million for MKS Instruments.

As threats continue to mount with increasing regularity in this age of digitalization where attacks surfaces seem to grow with every new product announcement and enhancement, security professionals need to understand and get an idea of where and when to purchase and plug in these solutions.

Assess Current Environment
Before all that happens, they need to assess their current systems and assets and understand which are the vital instruments to keep the operation running. They also need to involve all the key stakeholders of the operation, so everyone has a keen understanding of the goals of the operation. Yes, we need to make product, and yes, we need to make a profit, but how can we ensure everything stays up and running to achieve those goals?

That also means there need to be training to make sure everyone is aware – like safety – cybersecurity is everyone’s job.

These partnerships, while hardly the first to hit the news wire, all point to understanding the threat landscape and making sure remote access into systems remains secure. They are important layers to secure a manufacturing enterprise.

As digitalization continues to grow across manufacturing, so, too should “partnerization,” where two or more organizations unite to share and expand their expertise to the companies that need it most: Critical infrastructure and manufacturers.

Sometime partnerships are extreme examples of smart connections working together for the common good, or they are just something that looks good on paper but there is no real impact unless a customer/user asks for it or is in dire need for a joint solution.

Either way, we all need to work together.

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