Rockwell Automation, Inc. acquired privately held Avnet Data Security, LTD, an Israeli-based cybersecurity provider.

Avnet offers IT/OT cyber services and solutions ranging from assessments, penetration testing, network and security solutions, and training to converged IT/OT managed services.

“Avnet’s combination of service delivery, training, research, and managed services will enable us to service a much larger set of customers globally while also continuing to accelerate our portfolio development in this rapidly developing market,” said Frank Kulaszewicz, senior vice president, control products and solutions at Rockwell Automation.

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing parts of Rockwell Automation’s services business, officials said. As the manufacturing industry has evolved and become more connected than ever before, legacy physical security strategies are no longer enough to protect production operations.

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“We are continuing to serve our existing clients while expanding our reach to service a much broader range of customers,” said Igal Cohen, chief executive of Avnet. “Our passion and mission have always been to help as many organizations as possible secure their data from internal and external threats.”

The transaction is expected to close early this year. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

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