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TÜV Rheinland and visibility provider Nozomi Networks inked a global partnership mainly focused on manufacturing plant operators, energy and utility companies, transportation and transit system operators.

Now in its fifth generation of technology, Nozomi Networks solutions are in 1,000 installations spanning energy, manufacturing, mining, transportation, utilities and critical infrastructure.

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TÜV Rheinland and Nozomi Networks are collaborating to improve the detection and remediation time of cybersecurity threats that target operational technology infrastructure.

“Organizations have invested in maturing cybersecurity posture around their IT infrastructure and enterprise applications focusing on getting visibility and control,” said Anish Srivastava, president and chief executive of TUV Rheinland OpenSky. “OT security is rapidly becoming a critical dimension of a cybersecurity program to maintain a safe, secure and reliable operating environment, where our partnership with Nozomi Networks will allow us to enhance our industrial cybersecurity solutions portfolio and deliver services that will better equip our clients to detect and monitor cyber threats in their OT environment, and ultimately improve the safety of their operations.”

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Cybersecurity standards for industrial control systems emphasize that systems operators should have cybersecurity monitoring solutions in place. Organizations operating industrial facilities need to monitor, detect and mitigate cybersecurity attacks to maintain the safety, integrity and availability of their plants.

TÜV Rheinland’s Industrial Network Cybersecurity Risk Assessment service enables organizations to identify cybersecurity risks across end users’ industrial networks and operational technology which Nozomi brings to the table.

Last month at the Davos, World Economic Forum summit cybersecurity was high on the radar and recognized as one of the biggest challenges facing chief executives and political leaders around the world. There is also a warning that a failure to adequately protect against cyberattacks, could cost the global economy if such cyberattacks could shut down critical infrastructure and manufacturing plants.

A study released by TÜV Rheinland surveying how industrial organizations protect their operational technology (OT) assets from cyberattacks shows there is significant ground to be covered when it comes to securing OT assets.

Lack of concern toward OT cybersecurity was evident with 40 percent of respondents stating they had never assessed the risks posed by cyberattacks on their operational technology. In addition, 34 percent were not aware of the extent to which these risks were investigated. In addition, only one in five companies has tailored its measures for cybersecurity to operational technology.

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