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IoT security, especially security that relates to ICS (Industrial Control Systems) is becoming an area of focus for some of the biggest players in the IT space.
In February we reported on the Snake (EKA NS) ransomware that was found to be targeting ICS software packages from GE and Honeywell. Disconcerting to say the least since ICS systems literally run the industry of the world, including all of the world’s critical infrastructure.
Building on the Base
Two years ago Microsoft announced that they would invest $5 billion into the Internet of Things security space over the next 4 years. At the time Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure – Julia White noted:
“With our IoT platform spanning cloud, OS and devices, we are uniquely positioned to simplify the IoT journey so any customer—regardless of size, technical expertise, budget, industry or other factors—can create trusted, connected solutions that improve business and customer experiences, as well as the daily lives of people all over the world. The investment we’re announcing today will ensure we continue to meet all our customers’ needs both now and in the future.”
Today, almost exactly half way through their 4 year journey Microsoft’s addition of CyberX to their portfolio significantly bolsters their capabilities aimed at securing industrial control systems and builds upon their 2018 purchase of Bonsai, an AI based approach to ICS security. As part of the larger Azure IoT security suite CyberX’s IoT/OT-aware behavioral analytics platform will deliver end-to-end security across managed and unmanaged IoT devices.
Solutions for the Unmanageable
Every ICS is connected to thousands upon thousands of unmanaged, embedded devices that can’t be protected by agent based anti-malware technologies even if they were, patched, up-to-date and correctly configured, which of course they are not! CyberX provides a simple way to get 100% visibility into these sprawling, diverse and often antiquated systems. No wonder Microsoft found them to be a great addition to their Azure IoT suite.
Konsultek Knows IoT
Need more than just traditional network security? Konsultek has you covered when It comes to IoT. We have both the knowledge and the experience to help you leverage the promise of the IoT future while keeping your critical assets safe. Whether you require assistance in developing an IoT program, evaluating the security of embedded devices, uncovering vulnerabilities, or assessing your security with a penetration test, we can assist you with these challenges and help future-proof your efforts so you are ready for whatever comes next.