Cloud

11/8/2017
06:47 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Siemens Teams Up with Tenable

ICS/SCADA vendor further extends its managed security services for critical infrastructure networks.

Industrial control systems (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) giant Siemens this week added another tool to its newly revamped managed security services for the industrial sector.

Siemens, which in September announced it had added anomaly detection technology from PAS to its existing network monitoring and security services, now will incorporate Tenable Network Security's vulnerability detection and management technology into a new managed security service offering for critical infrastructure providers.

Managed security services has become an attractive new role for Siemens and other major ICS/SCADA equipment vendors, whose industrial customers are increasingly in the bullseye of malware infections and nation-state hackers looking for leverage against other nations. Industrial networks notoriously are short on cybersecurity expertise and technology as they continue to play catch-up in locking down their networks from attackers. So for Siemens and its competitors, offering managed security services is a logical next step in their strategies.

Siemens' process control systems were infamously abused by the Stuxnet worm that ultimately sabotaged centrifuges in Iran's Natanz nuclear facility and served as a major wakeup call for utilities worldwide after it hit seven years ago. In the wake of the attacks, Siemens was among the first ICS/SCADA vendor to build a secure software development program and roll out new products with built-in security features.

Leo Simonovich, Siemens' vice president and global head of industrial cyber and digital security, says Tenable's vulnerability management brings to the service the ability to find and prioritize vulnerabilities and fixes in an industrial network. "Our [industrial] customers today are overwhelmed with the number of notifications they get, and on the IT side, they don't necessarily have the abilities and manpower to address them," he says.

Tenable's Nessus-based technology differs from PAS's anomaly detection technology, which monitors all brands of industrial and computing equipment on a plant network. "Tenable provides the same problem set from a network point of view. It's important to have both" points of view of the environment, he says.

"We're focusing on identifying assets [in the network], so there's a little overlap there with" PAS's technology in Siemens' managed security offering, says Ray Komar, vice president of technical alliances at Tenable. "We add a vulnerability perspective, so less on configuration like [PAS]."

Siemens earlier this year added network monitoring to its services via a partnership with Darktrace. Siemens' new offering with Tenable will be available in early 2018, with oil and gas and other utilities as the main focus, Simonovich says.

Join Dark Reading LIVE for two days of practical cyber defense discussions. Learn from the industry’s most knowledgeable IT security experts. Check out the INsecurity agenda here.

Related Content:

Kelly Jackson Higgins is Executive Editor at DarkReading.com. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Want Your Daughter to Succeed in Cyber? Call Her John
John De Santis, CEO, HyTrust,  5/16/2018
Don't Roll the Dice When Prioritizing Vulnerability Fixes
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark Reading,  5/15/2018
New Mexico Man Sentenced on DDoS, Gun Charges
Dark Reading Staff 5/18/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: "Security through obscurity"
Current Issue
Flash Poll
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
Most enterprises are using threat intel services, but many are still figuring out how to use the data they're collecting. In this Dark Reading survey we give you a look at what they're doing today - and where they hope to go.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2017-2607
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-21
jenkins before versions 2.44, 2.32.2 is vulnerable to a persisted cross-site scripting vulnerability in console notes (SECURITY-382). Jenkins allows plugins to annotate build logs, adding new content or changing the presentation of existing content while the build is running. Malicious Jenkins users...
CVE-2018-1108
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-21
kernel drivers before version 4.17-rc1 are vulnerable to a weakness in the Linux kernel's implementation of random seed data. Programs, early in the boot sequence, could use the data allocated for the seed before it was sufficiently generated.
CVE-2018-11330
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-21
An issue was discovered in Pluck before 4.7.6. There is authenticated stored XSS because the character set for filenames is not properly restricted.
CVE-2018-11331
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-21
An issue was discovered in Pluck before 4.7.6. Remote PHP code execution is possible because the set of disallowed filetypes for uploads in missing some applicable ones such as .phtml and .htaccess.
CVE-2018-7687
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-21
The Micro Focus Client for OES before version 2 SP4 IR8a has a vulnerability that could allow a local attacker to elevate privileges via a buffer overflow in ncfsd.sys.