Juniper and Dragos enable convergence of IT and OT networks

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Cooperation in securing critical infrastructures

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), one of the leading providers of secure and AI-controlled networks, is working with Dragos, a leading cybersecurity company in the field of industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT), to secure critical infrastructures.

As part of the cooperation, OT networks – based on Juniper’s routing, switching and firewall solutions in conjunction with the advanced cybersecurity technology and threat analysis of the Dragos platform – can respond to attacks in almost real time. The converged industry network also enables unprecedented cybersecurity visibility across IT and OT domains, as well as end-to-end threat detection and response orchestration, including leveraging Juniper’s connected security strategy in OT network environments.

“Connecting IT and OT to modernize industrial networks requires a high degree of precision to obtain the desired characteristics of each network area. We are meeting this challenge by combining our industry-leading network and security portfolio with dragos. This makes it possible to secure critical infrastructures in real time thanks to integrated threat detection and remediation,” says Raj Yavatkar, Chief Technology Officer, Juniper Networks .

By integrating controller-level communication, Juniper and Dragos can share threat detection information and stop real-time cyberattacks on industrial control systems within minutes. The Dragos platform identifies malicious actions by analyzing signs of exposure and threat behavior, and then leverages Juniper’s security infrastructure to take countermeasures with the help of the following features:

  • Closed-loop OT threat detection between the Dragos platform and Juniper Security Director Cloud, including automated responses
  • Security Monitoring, Intrusion Detection and Threat Hunting
  • Telemetry aggregation and visualization of ICS/OT assets, network communication and threat behavior

“Companies, including those in critical infrastructures, recognize that IT-cybersecurity and OT-cybersecurity are unique and indispensable for their companies,” says Jon Lavender, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Product at Dragos . “The integration of Juniper’s Security Director Cloud management platform and the Dragos platform offers the best of both worlds for companies that want to secure their IT and OT businesses and gain more control over threats in both systems.“

Juniper Networks and Dragos, together with their partner Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), have developed a network architecture solution – Converged Industrial Edge – that simplifies and makes the exchange of information between IT and OT networks safer. The project was part of an initiative funded by the US Department of Energy to improve cybersecurity, operational flexibility and operational costs by accelerating the use of cloud-native technologies in critical infrastructures.

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