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Rockwell Automation to Team With Industrial Security Company Claroty

February 06, 2017
Anomaly-detection software safely monitors for threats at deepest level of industrial network protocols

MILWAUKEE — Known industrial security weaknesses are increasingly turning into actual attacks, causing producers around the globe to search for more robust solutions to help protect operations. To meet this need, industrial security software provider Claroty and Rockwell Automation will work together to combine their security products and services into future, packaged security offerings.

After a competitive review process, Rockwell Automation selected Claroty for the company’s anomaly-detection software purpose built for industrial network security. The software creates a detailed inventory of an end user’s industrial network assets, monitors traffic between those assets, and analyzes communications at their deepest level. Detected anomalies are reported to plant and security personnel with actionable insights to help enable efficient investigation, response and recovery.

“More connected control systems combined with the potential for more attacks on those systems have made cybersecurity a top concern in the industrial world,” said Scott Lapcewich, vice president and general manager, Customer Support and Maintenance, Rockwell Automation. “Claroty’s deep-visibility software platform and expertise in industrial security made the company a natural fit for substantial collaboration as we grow our existing portfolio of security service and support offerings.”

A key characteristic of the Claroty software is its ability to explore the deepest level of industrial network protocols without adversely impacting the system. This enables end users to identify even the smallest anomalies while protecting complex and sensitive industrial networks. Traditional IT security software often uses active queries and requires a footprint on the network, which can ultimately disrupt operations. However, the Claroty platform uses a passive-monitoring approach to safely inspect traffic without the risk of disruption. 

“The Claroty platform can detect a bad actor’s activities at any stage, whether they’re trying to gain a foothold on a network, conduct reconnaissance or inflict damage,” said Amir Zilberstein, co-founder and CEO, Claroty. “It also can detect human errors and other process integrity issues, which are often more common than threats from bad-actors. For example, the software monitors for critical asset changes that, if done incorrectly, could result in unexpected downtime. The system also identifies network-configuration issues that could expose a system to outside threats.”

Additionally, Claroty has joined the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork Encompass program. The Encompass Partner program is a product reference program that helps customers quickly locate products that solve their application challenges. These products complement, enhance and extend Rockwell Automation solutions.

About Claroty
Claroty's mission is to secure and optimize the industrial control networks that run the world. The company's platform enables customers to enjoy the substantial benefits of increasingly networked control systems without compromising operational resiliency or the security of core assets. The Claroty platform provides extreme visibility into the widest range of ICS, SCADA and other control system devices, protocols and networks using passive-monitoring techniques to safely examine and analyze OT networks. The system provides real-time monitoring and anomaly detection, employing high-fidelity models and advanced algorithms to alert customers to both cybersecurity and process integrity issues. The platform is powered by Claroty Research, the industry's leading OT cybersecurity research team with members from elite cyberunits of the Israeli Defense Force. For more information, click here

About the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork Program
The Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program offers global manufacturers access to a collaborative network of companies mutually focused on developing, implementing and supporting best-in-breed solutions to achieve plantwide optimization, improve machine performance and meet sustainability objectives.

About Rockwell Automation 
Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.  

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