Date: August 24, 2017 By: Chet Namboodri
When dealing with the difficulties of securing critical infrastructure, it’s sometimes good to take a step back from day-to-day challenges and take a macro view; look at the big picture.
Fortinet’s CISO Phil Quade did just that recently. He indicates that while the news media focuses attention on high profile malware and ransomware attacks, like WannaCry, the bigger threat to critical infrastructure comes from “low and slow” attacks that are hard to detect. And, since a lot of critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, securing it takes real cooperation between industry and government.
Phil also states that we are on the verge of a security revolution that includes using automation strategies to find and respond to incremental cyber intrusions. Automation is what underpins the Fortinet / Nozomi Networks partnership. Read on to learn more about Phil’s perspective and how our combined solution secures critical infrastructure.
Date: August 22, 2017 By: Heather MacKenzie
How does your ICS cybersecurity budget compare to those of other organizations? How well are you doing, relatively speaking, in terms of detecting security breaches? And, where does your company stand in terms of managing OT/IT convergence?
If you would like the answers to these questions, the good news is that the SANS Institute has a report for you.
Let’s look at the three areas mentioned above, and find out where they stand in 2017, according to dozens of industrial organizations.
Date: August 8, 2017 By: Thomas Nuth
In the last decade market and cost pressures have driven significant technological advances in automation and industrial connectivity across all aspects of petroleum extraction, pipeline transport and refining. While technological advances are delivering business benefits, systems are now exposed to more cyber risks than ever before.
Yet, according to a 2017 survey by the Ponemon Institute, the deployment of cybersecurity measures in the oil and gas industry isn’t keeping pace with the growth of digitalization in operations.
One way to overcome the ICS cybersecurity gap is to utilize next generation technology that leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to deal with system complexity and deliver immediate benefits. Let’s take a look at two examples of how a passive ICS anomaly detection and monitoring solution secures pipeline networks.
Date: July 25, 2017 By: Moreno Carullo and Heather MacKenzie
One of the findings of the recent SANS report “Securing Industrial Control Systems – 2017” is that the number one technology industrial organizations are looking to implement over the next 18 months is intrusion detection.
Up until recently, detecting anomalies on ICS networks that might be caused by a cyberattack has been ”mission impossible.” That’s because such networks typically include equipment from a wide assortment of vendors, run thousands of real-time processes and generate huge volumes of data. Analyzing and monitoring this data to detect anomalies was very difficult.
The good news is that a new generation of ICS cybersecurity tool is available for industrial intrusion detection. This article describes how our product, SCADAguardian does it, and gives an example of how it would detect and counter a cyberattack on a regional control center of an electric power utility.
Date: July 12, 2017 By: Thomas Nuth
The SANS Institute recently surveyed hundreds of ICS practitioners and cybersecurity stakeholders on the topic of industrial cybersecurity. The results provide a valuable source of information for organizations seeking to understand the state of ICS security or to benchmark their organization against others.
Amongst the findings are a ranking of top threat vectors. Read on to learn what global leaders in critical infrastructure are most concerned about, and how Nozomi Networks’ SCADAguardian defends and mitigates against the top threats.
Date: June 29, 2017 By: Heather MacKenzie
Industroyer / CrashOverride have been at the top of the industrial security news lately. And rightly so. Not since Stuxnet has the world seen an advanced malware that was designed and deployed to disrupt physical infrastructure, notably power grids. Industroyer is believed to have been used in attacks on Ukraine that took place in on December 17, 2016 that shut down electrical power to a large area of its capital city, Kiev.
Industroyer is an advanced threat of high concern. Nozomi Network’s experts and researchers have dissected how it works to formulate specific steps to protect, detect, and defend against it. and one that uses normal protocol commands to build its attack. Fortunately, advanced ICS intrusion detection is available that would both identify the malware’s presence and help protect against its impacts.
Date: June 15, 2017 By: Edgard Capdevielle
Until now Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity wasn’t the coolest area of cybersecurity, but Gartner is changing that with its recognition of Nozomi Networks as a 2017 Cool Vendor. Last week, we were honored to learn that Nozomi Networks is a 2017 Gartner Cool Vendor. We are excited that our innovation and its positive impact on ICS cybersecurity will now be brought to the attention of more companies around the world.
I am also very pleased to share the news that the company has seen better than expected customer growth, has made two senior strategic hires, and has recently won a number of industry accolades. Read on to find out more about the momentum being generated by the Nozomi Networks’ team and its advanced OT security technology…
Date: May 17, 2017 By: Heather MacKenzie
Updated May 19, 2017
The WannaCry ransomware malware broke onto the world scene on Friday May 12, 2017 when it infected over 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries. Thankfully, the impact on manufacturing systems and critical infrastructure was relatively low. However, while WannaCry’s spread has been curtailed for now, new variants have been reported.
Immediate actions are to determine whether your systems are vulnerable by identifying computers and devices running Windows operating systems not updated with the latest security patches or communicating with the SMB1 protocol. If these situations exist, you need to execute a plan to mitigate and protect against these security weaknesses.
While we can take a deep breath that WannaCry did not shut down essential services such as power systems and water systems, the malware is certainly a very loud wake-up call Let’s look at what can be done immediately, and over time, to prevent and mitigate ransomware infections to industrial systems.
Date: May 12, 2017 By: Heather MacKenzie
Critical infrastructure cybersecurity is in the spotlight thanks to the new Presidential Executive Order on Cybersecurity. No matter your politics, most would agree that it’s good to see the U.S. government elevating the urgency for critical infrastructure cyber resiliency improvement.
Section 2 of the order calls out the need to improve cyber risk management efforts. If you work for an electric utility or other critical infrastructure operator you should be aware that recent advances in technology can greatly help in this area, and do so in a way that is simple and safe to implement.
Date: April 19, 2017 By: Thomas Nuth
Government, industry, system integrators and automation vendors all know that industrial cybersecurity needs to be improved. Yet, all too often both enterprise and industrial networks are still managed without a coherent security strategy. What’s the reason? First and foremost, there is a lack of industrial security expertise in the workforce. Secondly, up to now, technologies have focused on modularized solutions for either the enterprise network or the industrial environment, without paying attention to the integration between the two. The good news is that a new generation of solution helps overcome both the skills shortage and the IT/OT divide.
Date: March 20, 2017 By: Andrea Carcano
Over the past few years I have traveled around the world meeting with utility operators, oil and gas companies and manufacturers. It has been exciting to see the difference our SCADAguardian passive OT monitoring solution is making in terms of improving ICS cyber resiliency and operational productivity.
But, I have also heard how our technology can do better in terms of addressing some day-to-day cybersecurity, operational and reliability challenges. I am thus glad to be writing today about our first major release of SCADAguardian in 2017, and its improvements in the areas of asset management, vulnerability assessment and faster, easier deployment via dynamic learning.
Date: March 13, 2017 By: Edgard Capdevielle
A recently released study by the Ponemon Institute finds that 61% of oil and gas operators in the U.S. indicate that their organization’s ICS protection and security is inadequate. While the implementation of digitally connected industrial components is delivering business benefits, it has significantly increased cyber risk. Yet only 41% of companies continually monitor OT infrastructure to prioritize cyber threats and attacks.
Date: Feb 23, 2017 By: Kim Legelis
At the recent ARC Forum in Orlando, the automation community met to discuss pressing issues for the future. Cybersecurity was on top of the list of topics, with a full track led by ARC’s lead industrial security analyst Sid Snitkin. He led a panel that addressed an important new tool: ICS anomaly and breach detection solutions. Let’s look at the four critical capabilities ARC identified for these products, and how Nozomi Networks’ technology addresses them.
Date: Jan 26, 2017 By: Moreno Carullo
Last week Nozomi Networks had the privilege of hosting the first WG15 meeting of 2017. This group is responsible for establishing end-to-end cybersecurity standards for the world’s power system communication protocols. Read on to learn more about WG15 and how we advanced standards for encrypted communications for the power grids of the future.
Date: Jan 2, 2017 By: Heather MacKenzie
2016 ended with reports of 2 electric utility organizations, on different sides of the world (Ukraine and Vermont), citing cyberattacks or cyber infections. Both incidents highlight that corporate computer infections can threaten power systems and the need for robust ICS security in 2017. This article highlights the steps involved in the watershed 2015 Ukraine utility cyberattack as it moved from IT to OT systems and suggests ways of improving threat detection and mitigation.
Date: Dec 8, 2016 By: Heather MacKenzie
Today’s report of a cyberattack on German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp joins a list of high profile cyberattacks on industry where the goal has been to steal proprietary information (Dragonfly, Flame, Duqu) or disrupt business operations (Shamoon). While Industrial Control Systems (ICS) were not impacted this time, the incident is a reminder to ICS operators of the risks associated with Advanced Persistent Threats.
Date: Nov 16, 2016 By: Heather MacKenzie
There is positive momentum in the field of industrial cybersecurity and an exciting aspect of it is the energy that a new generation of ICS security expert / entrepreneur is bringing to the field. An example is Andrea Carcano, the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Nozomi Networks. Find out how the technology he pioneered is making a difference in ICS security and reliability.
Date: Oct 26, 2016 By: Bilal Zuberi, Guest Author
Today, we are proud to announce our investment in Nozomi Networks, a company providing operational visibility and industrial cyber security to major industrial clients worldwide. Lux Capital co-led their $7.5M Series A investment round, and I have joined their Board of Directors. One of the drivers of our investment is the company’s phenomenal leadership team.
Date: Oct 24, 2016 By: Glenn Solomon, Guest Author
Congratulations Nozomi Networks on raising a $7.5 million in Series A financing! Our team at GGV Capital is excited to be working with you and I’m delighted to have joined the company’s board of directors. Our investment is based on 3 critical factors, the team, the technology and the market.