The Chertoff Group and Dragos, Inc. formed an alliance in a move where they hope to provide a holistic approach to cybersecurity risk management for industrial organizations.
The Chertoff Group is combining its policy intelligence, technology expertise and experience communicating threats to executives with Dragos’ industrial control system (ICS) expertise and asset identification, threat detection and response platform.
Both companies believe effective security must be a comprehensive and continual process that transitions operational “bottom-up findings” into an actionable “top-down” strategy, starting at the board and C-suite level.
In fact, this partnership worked with users in a variety of sectors, including transportation, power & electric and mining.
“As we usher in 21st century transportation solutions represented by high-speed rail, we believe that the safety of our future passengers is paramount,” said Lori Willox, chief financial officer of Texas Central Railway.
As information technology systems become increasingly integrated into industrial environments, organizations across the critical infrastructure spectrum, especially those dependent on ICS, are facing threats from ever more sophisticated adversaries intent on causing devastating operational, financial and even physical harm. While information technology (IT) systems and operational technology (OT) systems convergence enables efficiencies and business growth, it also expands the attack surface, leaving the vast majority of security teams to defend their most critical assets from new cyber threat vectors.
The Chertoff Group and Dragos have established this partnership to support industrial organizations with the necessary threat awareness, expert analysis and actionable recommendations to better protect critical assets across IT and OT environments.
“I believe we [The Chertoff Group and Dragos] are filling a great void in today’s risk management landscape by giving high profile and highly targeted industrial organizations a one-stop shop for truly understanding their risk profile along with specific risk-based recommendations and actions that can be taken to improve risk mitigation, threat detection and incident response but to also trust that their investments are working,” said Michael Chertoff, executive chairman and co-founder of The Chertoff Group.
“From the plant floor to the board room, organizations understand it is critically important to protect their assets and ensure uninterrupted operations,” said Robert M. Lee, chief executive and co-founder of Dragos. “The combination of The Chertoff Group and Dragos brings vast expertise and experience to help clients build a solid and resilient cyber security foundation.”