Tenable and Siemens Form Partnership to Secure Critical Infrastructure


Tenable and Siemens have announced a strategic partnership to help energy, utilities and oil and gas companies close the industry readiness gap with a new solution for industrial asset discovery and vulnerability management. At a time when the risk of cyberattacks against critical infrastructure has grown exponentially, the global leaders in cybersecurity and OT have teamed up to launch ‘Industrial Security’ (https://www.tenable.com/products/industrial-security) from Tenable, which Siemens is delivering as a service to help companies secure and protect their critical OT assets.

The Tenable-Siemens partnership have announced can help organisations address this challenge of not knowing where they are at greatest risk. By leveraging the capabilities of both companies, customers will gain a better understanding of where their OT assets may be vulnerable. The combination of Tenable’s technology, the first OT-dedicated passive vulnerability detection solution that gives customers continuous visibility into their greatest risks, combined with Siemens’ domain expertise and operational knowhow, is a powerful solution that can help customers close this knowledge gap so they can protect their critical assets.

“Organisations running operational technology face a foundational security challenge – the need to understand the entirety of their cyber exposure in the context of a modern attack surface that is constantly evolving,” said Amit Yoran, CEO of Tenable. “We’ve seen the rise of cloud, mobile and IoT and now the convergence of IT with OT, which have made critical systems vulnerable to increasingly aggressive adversaries and attacks. Tenable is the only company that can help organisations close the Cyber Exposure gap from traditional IT to cloud, from IoT to OT assets. Joining forces with Siemens is a natural next step and together we provide a way for organisations to monitor and address their attack surface in totality, so they can see where they are vulnerable and protect those systems — and the people who depend on them — from threats.”

The stakes have never been higher when it comes to cybersecurity for critical infrastructure. The number of cyberattacks worldwide continues to grow, with OT becoming a growing target, now comprising 30 percent of all cyberattacks, with a major impact on productivity, uptime, efficiency and safety, according to recent research conducted by Ponemon Institute on the state of cybersecurity in the U.S. oil and gas industry (http://news.usa.siemens.biz/sites/siemensusa.newshq.businesswire.com/files/press_release/additional/Cyber_readiness_in_Oil__Gas_Final_4.pdf). The deployment of cybersecurity measures isn’t keeping pace with the growth of digitalisation in oil and gas operations and the inability to accurately understand and represent cyber risk at any given time creates a massive cyber exposure gap.

“Cyberattacks against the O&G and utilities sector are on the rise and growing more sophisticated and aggressive by the day. Passive monitoring of all assets in these systems is critical to detecting and addressing vulnerabilities before they can be exploited and lead to disruption of essential public services like electricity, gas, and water,” said Leo Simonovich, Vice President and Global Head, Industrial Cyber and Digital Security at Siemens Energy.

“With Siemens’ deep operational technology expertise and Tenable’s leading cybersecurity technology, this global partnership is uniquely poised to strengthen defenses in critical infrastructure and other organisations that rely on industrial systems.”

Siemens delivers and integrates best-of-breed technologies, empowering our customers to prioritise their most critical assets, continuously monitor their operating environment and build resiliency so they can rapidly respond and recover in the event of a breach.  As an end-to-end provider of OT cyber solutions, Siemens provides our customers with the transparency, insights and control to help secure the entire operating environment.

Integral to that solution, Industrial Security from Tenable provides safe, reliable asset discovery and vulnerability detection purpose-built for industrial control systems (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.  Using passive network monitoring based on Tenable’s Nessus Network Monitor, designed for critical systems which require a non-intrusive approach to vulnerability detection, the OT-native solution helps identify and prioritise OT risks so organisations can keep safety-critical production assets secure and fully functional.

Delivered by Siemens as a security service, Industrial Security helps customers understand the state of their assets at all times, providing them with the information they need to quickly and confidently assess, understand and ultimately reduce their cybersecurity risk. With Tenable, organisations for the first time can implement a single solution to assess Cyber Exposure across the entire modern attack surface, spanning both traditional IT and OT assets.

Siemens-Tenable Partnership

Siemens and Tenable have teamed up to launch Industrial Security from Tenable, which Siemens is delivering as a service to help companies secure and protect their critical OT assets.

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About Siemens
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

About Tenable
Tenable™, Inc. is the Cyber Exposure company. Over 23,000 organisations of all sizes around the globe rely on Tenable to manage and measure their modern attack surface to accurately understand and reduce cyber risk. As the creator of Nessus®, Tenable built its platform from the ground up to deeply understand assets, networks and vulnerabilities, extending this knowledge and expertise into Tenable.io™ to deliver the world’s first platform to provide live visibility into any asset on any computing platform. Tenable customers include more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500, large government agencies and mid-sized organisations across the private and public sectors. Learn more at: https://www.tenable.com/