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Siemens and Tenable form critical infrastructure security partnership

Nov. 7, 2017
The partnership will combine Tenable’s technology, which includes the first OT-dedicated passive vulnerability detection solution, and Siemens’ domain expertise

Tenable, the cyber exposure company, and Siemens announced a strategic partnership that aims to help energy, utilities and oil and gas companies close the industry readiness gap with a new solution for industrial asset discovery and vulnerability management. The two companies will launch “Industrial Security” from Tenable, which Siemens is delivering as a service to help companies secure and protect their critical OT assets.

According to Siemens, the Tenable-Siemens partnership can help organizations address this challenge of not knowing where they are at greatest risk. The partnership will combine Tenable’s technology, which includes the first OT-dedicated passive vulnerability detection solution, and Siemens’ domain expertise.

“Organizations running operational technology face a foundational security challenge – the need to understand the entirety of their cyber exposure in the context of a modern attack surface that is constantly evolving,” said Amit Yoran, CEO of Tenable. “We’ve seen the rise of cloud, mobile and IoT and now the convergence of IT with OT, which have made critical systems vulnerable to increasingly aggressive adversaries and attacks. Tenable is the only company that can help organizations close the Cyber Exposure gap from traditional IT to cloud, from IoT to OT assets. Joining forces with Siemens is a natural next step and together we provide a way for organizations to monitor and address their attack surface in totality, so they can see where they are vulnerable and protect those systems — and the people who depend on them  from threats.”

“Cyberattacks against the O&G and utilities sector are on the rise and growing more sophisticated and aggressive by the day. Passive monitoring of all assets in these systems is critical to detecting and addressing vulnerabilities before they can be exploited and lead to disruption of essential public services like electricity, gas, and water,” said Leo Simonovich, vice president and global head of industrial cyber and digital security at Siemens Energy. “With Siemens’ deep operational technology expertise and Tenable’s leading cybersecurity technology, this global partnership is uniquely poised to strengthen defenses in critical infrastructure and other organizations that rely on industrial systems.”

Industrial Security from Tenable provides asset discovery and vulnerability detection purpose-built for industrial control systems (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. Using passive network monitoring based on Tenable’s Nessus Network Monitor, designed for critical systems which require a non-intrusive approach to vulnerability detection, the OT-native solution helps identify and prioritize OT risks so organizations can keep safety-critical production assets secure and fully functional.

Delivered by Siemens as a security service, Industrial Security helps customers understand the state of their assets at all time. With Tenable, organizations can implement a single solution to assess Cyber Exposure across the entire modern attack surface, spanning both traditional IT and OT assets.

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