Tenable and Siemens join forces to protect critical infrastructure

Tenable and Siemens have announced a strategic partnership 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.

At a time when the risk of cyberattacks against critical infrastructure has grown exponentially, the global leaders in cybersecurity and OT have teamed up to launch Industrial Security.

“Organisations 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,” Tenable CEO Amit Yoran said.

“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.

“Joining forces with Siemens is a natural next step and together we provide a way for organisations 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.”

By leveraging the capabilities of both companies, customers will gain a better understanding of where their OT assets may be vulnerable.

The combination of Tenable’s technology, the first OT-dedicated passive vulnerability detection solution that gives customers continuous visibility into their greatest risks, combined with Siemens’ domain expertise and operational knowhow, is a powerful solution that can help customers close this knowledge gap so they can protect their critical assets.

The stakes have never been higher when it comes to cybersecurity for critical infrastructure.

The number of cyberattacks worldwide continues to grow, with OT becoming a growing target, now comprising 30 per cent of all cyberattacks, with a major impact on productivity, uptime, efficiency and safety, according to recent research by Ponemon Institute on the state of cybersecurity in the US oil and gas industry.

“Cyberattacks against the oil and gas and utilities sector are on the rise and growing more sophisticated and aggressive by the day,” Siemens Energy industrial cyber and digital security vice president Leo Simonovich said.

“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.”

“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 organisations that rely on industrial systems.”