May 26, 2024

Dragos unveils OT-CERT to address critical gaps in securing Industrial Infrastructure

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Dragos Inc., a global leader in cybersecurity for industrial controls systems (ICS)/operational technology (OT) environments, today announced the launch of its new Dragos OT-CERT (Operational Technology – Cyber Emergency Readiness Team), a cybersecurity resource designed for industrial asset owners and operators to help them build their OT cybersecurity programs, improve their security postures, and reduce OT risk.

Dragos OT Cyber Emergency Readiness Team (OT-CERT) added that the member organizations will have free access to OT cybersecurity best practices, cybersecurity maturity assessments, training, workshops, tabletop exercises, webinars, and more.

Additionally, OT-CERT will coordinate with OEMs regarding disclosures for vulnerabilities discovered by Dragos threat intelligence researchers, as well as cyber threats detected by Dragos targeted at the OEMs’ products. OEM partnerships are critical to coordinated vulnerability disclosures and effective threat responses to securing and supporting industrial infrastructure in the escalating cyber threat environment.

Dragos further explained how its OT-Cert will be able to address the serious issues persisting in securing industrial infrastructure: the lack of OT-specific resources readily available to the industrial infrastructure community. The gap is especially critical among small and medium sized businesses that often have limited expertise and resources to address ICS/OT cybersecurity risks. According to Gartner, “Organizations continue to face acute and growing shortages of OT security skills to foster and support IT/OT integration, and securely support digital transformation efforts.

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Dragos added that their Initial partners include the National Association of Manufacturers, Emerson, Rockwell Automation, and four Information Sharing and Analysis Centers: E-ISAC (electricity), ONG-ISAC (oil and natural gas), DNG-ISAC (downstream natural gas), and WaterISAC.

Dragos added that the partnerships are critical to the success of OT-CERT, empowering ICS/OT practitioners to leverage their combined experience, collectively raise awareness of ICS cybersecurity issues, and contribute to the ICS community for long-term industry impact.

In unveiling this new resource, Dragos partnered with the National Association of Manufacturers, representing 14,000 manufacturing firms in every industrial sector, and aiding them through a focus on both cyber threat identification and proactive security practices that are critical to making the entire supply chain more secure.

Dawn Cappelli, Dragos’s newly appointed OT-CERT Director

Dawn Cappelli, Dragos’s newly appointed OT-CERT Director commented: “Dragos’s stated mission is to safeguard civilization, and that means protecting all industrial infrastructure, not just the most skilled or the best-resourced organizations. Our goal for Dragos OT-CERT is to be a useful, relevant, and actionable community resource for industrial asset owners and operators by aligning them with the resources, training, partnerships, and community needed to make securing their OT environments possible.”

Todd Boppell, Chief Operating Officer, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

Todd Boppell, Chief Operating Officer, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) stated: “The National Association of Manufacturers is deeply committed to supporting its members as they navigate the challenges and opportunities that arise from digital transformation and Manufacturing 4.0, and its critical that their OT security remains paramount as they undertake this evolution.”.

Todd further adds: “Of the National Association of Manufacturers’ 14,000 member companies, 90 percent are small and medium-sized manufacturers that often lack the kind of resources and OT cybersecurity teams that larger organizations have. Dragos OT-CERT is the first community-focused resource of its kind to provide practical solutions to this often under-served community.”

Michael Lester, Director of Cybersecurity Strategy, Governance, and Architecture for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business

Michael Lester, Director of Cybersecurity Strategy, Governance, and Architecture for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business stated: “Industrial Infrastructure organizations, and the services they provide, impact all of our lives, and the operational technologies that underpin these organizations are under attack now more than ever before. We’re eager to work with Dragos OT-CERT in its mission to protect OT infrastructure by partnering on threat and vulnerability discovery and mitigation as well as assets for resource-constrained organizations.”

Tony Baker, Chief Product Security Officer at Rockwell Automation

Tony Baker, Chief Product Security Officer at Rockwell Automation commented: “As the cyber threat environment escalates and cyberattacks increasingly impact industrial infrastructure, we’re excited to team with Dragos OT-CERT to bring greater awareness to the risks to the ICS/OT community and the need for OT cybersecurity. This free resource comes at just the right time, and the OEM collaboration will help enable effective threat response and coordinated vulnerability research.”

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