RevBits Cybersecurity Platform Safeguards IIoT in Industrial Systems

RevBits Cybersecurity Platform Safeguards IIoT in Industrial Systems

Network-connected devices are feeding vast amounts of telemetry data into public cloud infrastructure every day. IoT and industrial IoT devices, and the data they create, become the eyes and ears of an organization. Invaluable data sources from IoT are analyzed to improve processes, understand consumer dynamics, monitor healthcare elements, manage industrial systems and much more.

IoT is represented by more than just devices. It encompasses an ecosystem that includes software, networks, data, storage and analytics, all of which can be vulnerable to hacker groups and state-sponsored bad actors. Analysts tell us we’re headed toward a world with over 75 billion IoT devices by 2025. But as the opportunities abound, the ever-present need for security stands out as a significant barrier to growth.

IoT and IIoT are deployed in plants, factories and other industrial facilities, with cybersecurity threats increasing with the exponential growth. As you might imagine, the Federal government is concerned about the security of these devices. IoT is deployed within government systems, as well as the critical infrastructure the U.S. population relies upon, like water supplies, energy grids, and other facilities. To that end, the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 was initiated. This bill requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to take steps to increase cybersecurity for IoT devices. NIST released guidance on defining federal IoT cybersecurity requirements through four documents. The goal is to ensure IoT integration into the security and privacy controls of federal information systems.

Zero trust was spotlighted in May 2021, when the White House released its Executive Order that basically told every federal agency that they will need to have a zero trust architecture defined and planned to implement by the end of 2022. Zero trust will also play a pivotal role in helping federal agencies and private sector enterprises that conduct business with government agencies.

Protecting industrial infrastructure with a unified cybersecurity platform

Many IoT devices are equipped with sensors collecting and sending data back to a cloud or data center. Their applications are as diverse as your imagination. Examples range from humidity sensors in food processing, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural equipment, to IoT-enabled pressure sensors within vehicles, medical, industrial, consumer and building devices. IoT accelerometers are found in cameras, airplanes, rockets, and in healthcare devices, and IoT-based gas sensors detect noxious and harmful gases and natural gas leaks. The applications and use cases are seemingly endless.

Protecting industrial IT is accomplished by deploying endpoint security, where information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) merge. Manufacturers and industrial facilities still rely upon many legacy systems, like supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). These devices must be protected by multiple levels of authentication, and usage and entitlements need to be controlled with authorization. These security practices lock down protections, and are critical to protecting against security holes within the network.

All IoT devices are connected to a network. This means, if hackers gain access into a device, they can install malware, and laterally move across the network to other computers, systems and data. Ensuring protection from internal and external threats requires the continual and methodical use of sophisticated cybersecurity tools, efficient and secure connectivity, and zero trust human and non-human authentication

In response, RevBits has developed a unified security platform which simplifies management, secures enterprise digital assets, enables rapid responses, and protects traditional network assets from malicious acts which have moved laterally from targeted IoT/IIoT devices. RevBits Cyber Intelligence Platform (CIP) delivers a broad set of endpoint security, email security, privileged access management, zero trust networking and deception capabilities for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments. RevBits addresses the operational and business challenges associated with cybersecurity incidents within traditional and modern networks, when users and machines, wherever they are, access applications and services. RevBits CIP meets the system resource and scalability demands of today’s growing network infrastructures, as well as protecting devices connected to IIoT resources for data confidentiality and integrity required for securing critical OT/ICS infrastructure.

IoT continues to proliferate throughout the world, extending Internet connectivity into the physical infrastructure we depend upon every day. RevBits CIP secures the network from IoT born attacks attempting to move laterally to network devices and legacy systems, to provide the protections necessary for public and private sector organizations.

To learn more about how RevBits can help protect your organization, reach out to us by calling (844) 473-8248, or email us at info@revbits.com.

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