Collaboration aims to prevent operational disruption in ICS/SCADA manufacturing environments by accelerating adoption of behavioral anomaly detection technology

BOSTONOct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CyberX, provider of the most widely-deployed industrial cybersecurity platform for continuously reducing ICS risk, today announced that the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has chosen to demonstrate how the CyberX platform can help accelerate adoption of behavioral anomaly detection technology.

According to NIST, “behavioral anomaly detection technology can provide a key security component in sustaining business operations, particularly those based on ICS.”

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a collaborative hub where industry organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions work together to address businesses’ most pressing cybersecurity issues. The NCCoE applies standards and best practices to develop modular, easily adaptable example cybersecurity solutions using commercially available technology. (PRNewsfoto/CyberX)

CyberX is collaborating with NIST to help industrial organizations reduce risk by detecting and responding faster to targeted attacks, malware, and insider threats. CyberX’s platform enables organizations to move from simple ICS perimeter security to continuous ICS threat monitoring, asset discovery, and threat intelligence. In particular, it incorporates patent-pending, ICS-specific behavioral analytics and self-learning to rapidly detect anomalous behavior.

This is particularly important now that WannaCry and NotPetya caused significant operational disruption and financial losses for manufacturing organizations worldwide.

“Recent cyberattacks on industrial organizations make it very clear that insufficient ICS security has a direct impact on the bottom-line,” said Omer Schneider, CEO and co-founder of CyberX. “A key benefit of deploying CyberX at the NCCoE is the ability to help businesses implement Active ICS/SCADA Cyber Defense so they can continuously identify and counter threats. We are delighted to support NIST on this important initiative.”

As part of the NCCoE project, CyberX will be demonstrated in simulated manufacturing environments incorporating a diverse range of HMIs, PLCs, and OT protocols from multiple OT vendors. The project will result in a NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide demonstrating how companies can strengthen controls with behavioral anomaly detection, without impacting the performance of their operational technology (OT) environments.

In addition, the security characteristics of behavioral anomaly detection will be mapped to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), a practical and widely used standard for operationalizing controls based on business objectives.