System-relevant facilities: Armis launches Critical Infrastructure Protection Program

Der Schutz kritischer Infrastrukturen ist für die OT-Security relevanter denn je

3-Month Free Service to Support the SHIELDS UP initiative

Armis, the leading provider of a unified platform for asset visibility and security, announces the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program (CIPP). It is designed to help organizations that operate systemically important facilities, such as energy, water, seaports and wastewater, identify and strengthen assets that need urgent security improvements. Under this new program, critical infrastructure providers in the United States and NATO-allied countries will receive free access to Armis for three months. With technology converging, it is now more important than ever that public and private organizations work together to close the transparency gap and reduce the growing threat.

Energy, utilities and water utilities, seaports and other critical infrastructure services can now get a complete overview of their assets to improve their security situation

The geopolitical instability associated with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as the ongoing support of Ukraine’s defense efforts by the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), increases the possibility of retaliatory cyber attacks on critical infrastructures in the United States and NATO-allied countries. The program complements the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidance provided as part of the SHIELDS UP initiative to help organizations like the above prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the impact of cyberattacks. The potential attack surface for critical infrastructures in the USA alone includes:

  • 55,000 Substations in the power grid
  • 360 commercial seaports
  • 2.6 Million Miles of Pipelines
  • 14,000 Wastewater Treatment Plants for 240 Million US citizens

“The ongoing modernization of critical infrastructures brings efficiency and scalability to the vital services we rely on, such as power grids, commercial seaports, oil and gas pipelines, transportation services and water treatment plants. As these cyber-physical systems spread throughout our critical infrastructure, the attack surface and the inherent risk are growing at an alarming rate“” says Yevgeny Dibrov, CEO and Co-founder of Armis. “By combining the power of the Armis platform for asset transparency and intelligence with leading security providers such as Kroll, we are advancing the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program to jointly be prepared against future cyberattacks.“

CISA’s SHIELDS UP program, announced in February in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, highlighted the risk of increased criminal cyber activity for the US. Armis offers the following functions for protection:

  • Uncovering Critical Unknowns – Visibility of the complete inventory of connected wired and wireless assets
  • Understand Risks – Prioritize vulnerability management with a complete risk analysis of the device, including vulnerability and behavior analysis
  • Device Connection Investigation Report – Discover and investigate potential attack vectors by mapping device connections and dependencies
  • Segmentation and Boundary Analysis – Actionable analysis to strengthen IT boundaries and eliminate unauthorized connections
  • Analysis of software and hardware gaps – Understanding hidden software and hardware gaps and risks
  • Alerts – Contain threats and exploits in near real-time through integration with SIEM, SOAR and/or XDR
  • Advanced Reporting and Analysis – Create reports to meet regulatory, regulatory and audit compliance requirements

In conjunction with the launch of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, Armis is partnering with Kroll, the leading provider of data, technology and insights in the areas of risk, governance and growth. Kroll’s insights into front-line threats, gained from responding to more than 3,200 incidents per year, are combined with Armis OT and ICS telemetry to enable organizations to build cyber resilience and respond safely in the event of an incident. Companies can register for the program from now until June 17, 2022.

“The cyber protection of critical infrastructures is of the utmost importance. This requires comprehensive threat intelligence, technical transparency and continuous detection and response to secure complex OT and ICS environments,” says Jason Smolanoff, President of Cyber Risk at Kroll. “We need to test controls, simulate attack scenarios and conduct regular exercises to gain confidence that the security measures we have taken are effective. By working with Armis, we combine their comprehensive transparency with our extensive practical experience and enable our customers to protect their most important assets.“

Services and benefits of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program

Free access for three months:

Armis Unified Asset Visibility & Security Platform, including Armis IT and OT Policy Library

  • Network Traffic Analysis for IT &OT Networks
  • Vulnerability, threat detection, and threat intelligence engines
  • Armis Security Architect and Deployment Manager
  • Pre-built integrations for existing security platforms such as scanners, firewalls, NACs, WLC, endpoint protection and XDR solutions

    Organizations participating in the program receive:

  • Complete transparency of all connected assets of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT)
  • Fast identification and easier management of security risks
  • Secure risk management for all connected OT and IT assets
  • Access to a customizable cyber Risk retainer from Kroll that includes solutions for preparation, assessment and response

Complete insight into OT and IT assets

The Armis platform enables companies to continuously and passively monitor all wired and wireless OT and IT resources in their environment. The platform offers:

  • Monitoring from devices that communicate in the air Gap using peer-to-peer protocols that are invisible to traditional security products.
  • Protection by being able to rely on the world’s largest knowledge base on device behavior to detect threats with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Enabling the automatic separation or quarantine of devices that work outside the already known baselines.

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