ABB Partners with IBM and Forescout to Help Secure OT Environments

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By Michael Larner | 4Q 2020 | IN-5986


Manufacturers Must Not Neglect Security as Their Digitalization Projects Advance


Swiss industrial automation and robotics company ABB has announced partnerships with IBM and Forescout to help manufacturers protect their process control systems. As a result of partnering with IBM, ABB is launching a new OT Security Event Monitoring Service whereby IBM’s security event monitoring portfolio and ABB’s expertise in process control systems are brought together. Separately, ABB is focusing on helping the cybersecurity efforts of firms in the energy and process industries by partnering with cybersecurity provider Forescout. In both cases, ABB is looking to marry its domain expertise with the partner’s security technologies.

Security risks for manufacturers have risen exponentially as previously isolated machines now transmit highly sensitive data, such as production levels, over IT networks. Recent notable security breaches include eyewear manufacturer Luxottica experiencing a ransomware attack that forced the company to temporarily close its operations and automotive component producer KYB Corp falling v…

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