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GE Digital expands partnership with Bayshore Networks

Feb. 11, 2021
GE Digital's OpShield technology will be integrated into Bayshore Networks' solutions, providing industrial cybersecurity and active prevention/protection for industrial equipment, including PLCs, HMIs and engineering workstations

Bayshore Networks and GE Digital will be expanding their partnership to integrate their solutions to address the need to secure industrial and critical infrastructure networks. GE Digital's OpShield technology will be integrated into Bayshore Networks' solutions, providing industrial cybersecurity and active prevention/protection for industrial equipment, including PLCs, HMIs and engineering workstations.

(Source: Bayshore Networks)

"Being at the heart of an operation's data visualization, control, and reporting, it is critically important to ensure companies are taking steps to protect this key element to their operations," said Steve Pavlosky, Director, digital product management at GE Digital. "The combination of Bayshore's In-depth Policy Engine with GE Digital's OpShield Management Console and Advanced Protocol technology addresses the fact that while companies may have threat analytics or detection solutions as part of a cybersecurity triad, they must have advanced prevention capabilities."

GE Digital began working with Bayshore in 2019 to bring cybersecurity support to GE Proficy installations.

"Bayshore is tremendously excited to see the relationship with GE Digital expand to combine our joint technologies with the goal of launching OpShield NextGeneration as the premier detection/active prevention solution for the entire industrial marketplace as we jointly work to secure the world's industrial and critical infrastructure networks," said Kevin Senator, CEO of Bayshore Networks. "Together, we will support existing GE Digital customers as well as new customers with technology to protect their OT endpoints and networks from ever-changing and increasing cyber threats as well as advancing this combined technology to a broad range of control products from a variety of vendors. Bayshore's advanced technology brings a whole new level of safety and resilience within the reach and control of plant operations everywhere regardless of PLC brand in use."

This partnership combines GE Digital's OpShield security technology with Bayshore's Deep Content Inspection and Advanced Policy Learning and Enforcement, enabling Bayshore to create an integrated product line, to be called OpShield NextGeneration. Bayshore will be the exclusive provider of this combined technology to customers worldwide. OpShield NextGeneration can protect most HMI and SCADA systems from unauthorized network activity such as unscheduled configuration changes, unscheduled maintenance events, indicators of reconnaissance and surveillance, Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, network spoofing and piggybacking.

According to Bayshore, it can retrofit into existing network deployments without having to change existing infrastructure, security practices or even configuration changes to the equipment. It will begin offering the current OpShield product line to customers in late Q1 with an intended launched of OpShield NextGeneration in 2021 that covers most major PLC vendors with active protection.