Rockwell Automation taps Israel for global cybersecurity centre

Rockwell Automation taps Israel for global cybersecurity centre

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By Nick Flaherty

Rockwell Automation is to open a cybersecurity centre in Israel for its industrial automation business.

Rockwell, which owns the Allen-Bradley and FactoryTalk brands, has also partnered with Dragos for cybersecurity intelligence for industrial control systems (ICS) environments and CrowdStrike to prevent distibuted denial of service (DDoS) atttacks.

The Cybersecurity Operations Centre opened in Tel Aviv last week to provide remote cybersecurity services to Rockwell’s global customer base. It offers enhanced cybersecurity managed services as part of Rockwell’s existing global footprint with an additional 15 remote service centres around the world.

In 2020, Rockwell acquired Avnet, a privately-held, Israel-based cybersecurity provider with more than 20 years of cybersecurity services experience and Oylo, a privately-held industrial cybersecurity services provider based in Barcelona, Spain, to enhance its industrial control solutions and incident response offering. Rockwell’s partner ecosystem also includes Claroty and Cisco. 

“Implementing strong cybersecurity is no longer a best practice, but a must do,” said Rachael Conrad, vice president and general manager of Global Services at Rockwell Automation. “For manufacturers, protection starts with a rock-solid foundation of OT expertise. That’s why we’re doubling down on our cybersecurity investment to build the most robust, specialised IT/OT cybersecurity offering in the market.” 

The Dragos deal will see combine Rockwell’s global industry, application, and ICS domain expertise with Dragos’s security technology, professional services and threat intelligence services to better protect, respond, and recover from a cybersecurity incident. Rockwell and Dragos experts will offer a mutually developed threat intel feed.

“Our investment and partnership with Dragos will help our industrial automation customers achieve their connected enterprise by providing a safe and secure OT infrastructure,” said Conrad. “As the frequency and severity of cybersecurity threats continue to rise in our industry, it’s critical that automation leaders partner with cybersecurity leaders to share expertise and co-innovate on ways to protect our customers.”

The deal with CrowdStrike, which provides cloud-based endpoint and workload protection, will examine initiatives for CrowdStrike’s cloud-native, AI-powered Falcon platform with Rockwell’s global deployment, network architecture, support, OT, and managed services.

“Rockwell’s partnership with CrowdStrike enables us to provide fully integrated, end-to-end industrial security services and solutions across the entire customer cybersecurity journey, from threat detection through response and recovery from cyber incidents,” she said. “Combining CrowdStrike’s leading endpoint protection platform with Rockwell’s broad array of integrated security products and services will allow our customers access to the most comprehensive security approach in the marketplace.”

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