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Dragos and Emerson expand agreement to protect industries against cyber threats

Dragos Inc, leader in cyber security for industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT) environments, has announced the expansion of its global agreement with Emerson, one of the world?s largest manufacturers of industrial controls

With this agreement expansion, Emerson has validated Dragos Platform within its DeltaV distributed control system (DCS), providing organisations with greatly enhanced ICS/OT cyber security. This extended agreement builds on the initial global agreement between Dragos and Emerson to protect industrial control systems and operational technologies for power producers and water utilities to now include organisations in dozens of industries including oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, pulp and papers, metals and mining, among others.

The Dragos OT Security Platform is focused on reducing cyber risk to industrial environments. It provides visibility into assets and vulnerabilities, detects cyber threats to industrial systems, and enables efficient response through forensic investigation and OT-specific playbooks.

In addition, Dragos is incorporating DeltaV DCS platform-specific capabilities into the Dragos platform, including protocol dissectors, asset characterisations, threat behaviour analytics, and investigation playbooks to expand Emerson?s cyber security assessment capabilities and enhance threat detection and response for process industries.

With the expansion, customers can benefit from an improved threat detection and response, greatly enhanced visibility into the OT environment which allows organisations to monitor and mitigate vulnerabilities, fast and efficient threat detection to maintain safety, a full range of OT cyber security services available through Emerson?s global services, and the collective experience and intelligence of both Dragos and Emerson.

"Emerson has been a fantastic collaborator and we are proud of the work we have done together to help power producers and water utilities securely run their operations," said vice president of buisness development at Dragos, Matt Cowell. 

"By growing our agreement and bringing industrial cyber security to an even wider group of industries, we are able to reach and protect a wider array of organsations in the process industry sector, many of whom are just embarking on the path of digital transformation and have immediate needs to reduce risk as they expand connectivity." 

Alexandre Peixoto, cyber security business director of Emerson's Process Systems and Software business, said, ?We recognise the increasing risk from the growing number of both targeted and untargeted cyber threats against industrial operations and are committed to continuously strengthening out OT cyber security capabilities with best-in-class technology that allow us to proactively address the evolving threat environment head-on.?

"Expanding our agreement with Dragos allows us to offer market-leading ICS/OT-specfic cyber security to a large, diverse section of our customer base and provide the processing and manufacturing community with the protection they need to safely and efficiently run their operations."