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With the proliferation of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, and cloud-based technologies for the purposes of enhanced automation and analysis of large volumes of data, operational technology (OT) managers are faced with the challenge of making industrial networks more accessible without significantly increasing security risks.

This balance requires an architecture that provides for secure OT network perimeters with controlled data flow, as well as complete network visibility for effective threat detection and response.

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On top of that, some regulated industries must have clearly defined perimeters that use only approved technologies for the transfer of information in/out of the protected network.

As a result, cybersecurity stakeholders must reduce upstream connections (attack surfaces) – which might compromise OT networks – while maintaining full visibility into those networks for a comprehensive approach to prevent, detect, and respond to threats.

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Along those lines, that is what Waterfall Security Solutions and Dragos are partnering to reduce as much risk in the ever expanding IIoT space.

Waterfall’s Unidirectional Security Gateways provide physical protection of OT networks at OT network perimeters. The gateways enable seamless IT/OT integration, providing safe, enterprise-wide visibility into OT networks, with disciplined control.

The Dragos Industrial Cybersecurity Platform is a passive network monitoring tool that enables complete visibility into industrial control systems (ICS) networks. It allows users to visualize industrial assets and their communications, detect threats as they occur, and utilize prescriptive workbench tools for more efficient investigations and response, while avoiding operational impacts to existing security team’s operations.

The Dragos platform and Waterfall WF-500 platform have been tested and validated for compatibility. By ensuring these technologies work together, organizations can leverage the Dragos Platform inside networks protected by Unidirectional Security Gateways, thereby enabling more secure and continuous monitoring of critical assets.

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