SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Skybox™ Security, a global leader in cybersecurity management, announced today integration with SecurityMatters, a provider of passive, automated network monitoring for industrial environments. The integration provides critical infrastructure organizations, such as chemical processing, power generation, oil and gas processing, telecommunications and manufacturing, with comprehensive visibility of both their IT and operational technology (OT) networks, including industrial control systems (ICS).

Over the past few years, the threat to critical infrastructure has increased dramatically, making the need for effective, unified security management all the more urgent. Cyberattackers have been applying threats common to IT networks, such as social engineering, ransomware and vulnerability exploits, to industrial networks, and are using IT assets as a gateway to reach OT systems. What’s more, the threat actors are no longer purely nation states. With advanced attack tools and techniques readily available on the dark web, cybercriminals have increasingly targeted critical infrastructure organizations who cannot afford downtime or where a successful attack could have notoriously disastrous effects.

Despite the increased threat, the continued convergence of IT and OT presents great opportunities to improve efficiency and monitoring in industrial organizations. Because of this, critical infrastructure organizations are increasingly consolidating their security operation centers so IT and OT security teams will work side–by–side in a single unit. But this convergence also brings with it limited visibility — especially of OT assets and their interaction with the corporate IT network — and increased complexity from which many security management issues stem.

Skybox and SecurityMatters recognize that visibility is key to security and have integrated their solutions so that hybrid networks, including physical IT and OT as well as virtual and cloud environments, can be unified in a single network model and security managed holistically.

“If you can’t see your network, you can’t protect it,” said Skybox CEO and Founder Gidi Cohen. “Thinking of your production network as something entirely separate from the corporate network is no longer realistic. Attackers understand the connection, as we’ve seen with BlackEnergy and even WannaCry. Defenders need to do the same. They need to see all their assets, as well as all the paths and devices that go into the making the modern industrial network — and what vulnerabilities they hold.”

With the unified network model, security teams have complete visibility in a seamless, interactive space to analyze paths end to end, understand and manage vulnerabilities throughout the environment, and enhance threat detection information with the context of the network as a whole.

“We are delighted to have been selected by Skybox Security to complement their IT offering with our best of class OT visibility capabilities,” said Damiano Bolzoni, CEO of SecurityMatters. “We have worked with several customers recently that have all required holistic IT/OT visibility, and we believe that with Skybox we are offering the most complete solution on the market to all of them.”

The integration between Skybox and SecurityMatters ensures organizations can better manage security across their hybrid environment, resulting in safer networks and workplaces, and improved uptime and cyber resilience.

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About Skybox Security
www.skyboxsecurity.com

Skybox arms security leaders with the broadest set of solutions for cybersecurity management. By integrating with more than 120 networking and security technologies, the Skybox™ Security Suite provides the context needed for informed and timely action, combining attack vector analytics and advanced threat intelligence to continuously analyze vulnerabilities in your environment and correlate them with exploits in the wild. This gives the insight needed to improve and automate security operations in vulnerability and threat management and firewall and security policy management in physical, virtual and cloud environments. 

About SecurityMatters
www.secmatters.com

SecurityMatters empowers critical infrastructure and manufacturing organizations with the ability to identify, analyze and respond to industrial threats and flaws, minimizing troubleshooting costs and unexpected downtime. We leverage OT-specific knowledge and understanding to provide visibility into critical assets and their activity and detect operational problems and cyber security threats. Our revolutionary network monitoring platform has been successfully deployed by customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.secmatters.com

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