Service provider adds Nozomi to security portfolio
IoT and OT security vendor Nozomi Networks has signed a managed security service provider (MSSP) partnership with Australian cyber security specialist Cyber Partners.
The deal makes it easier for industrial infrastructure operators to get operational technology (OT) and IoT visibility and cybersecurity via Nozomi.
Based in Australia, Cyber Partners provides risk management capabilities for mission critical customers such as energy and utilities companies.
It runs a security operational centre (SOC) from Queensland and primarily provides strategic advisory, CREST-accredited penetration testing, security operations, incident response and cyber training to customers.
Tony Barnes chief executive officer at Cyber Partners said demand for OT and internet of things (IoT) security is on the rise as organisations shore up against threats from extremists, IP theft and tensions from nation states.
Public consultation on a new voluntary Code of Practice from the Federal Government to secure IoT for Australians was completed last month, highlighting the growing urgency to address the problem, he said.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also created an abrupt need for companies to increase visibility of their asset inventories. Many have dramatically changed as they race to get the devices and applications, they need to enable remote work.
“Critical infrastructure and major industry are the lifeblood of the economy, and industrial control systems keep them running,” Barnes said.
“With so much uncertainty in the country right now, it’s vital to keep these societal pillars running and protecting against the cyber threats they face.
The necessary rapid transition to remote work in recent weeks adds a new layer to these concerns and is something we’re seeing cyber criminals actively trying to exploit.”
Cyber Partners’ MSSP will now offer Nozomi Networks’ full suite of products and solutions, including its OT and IoT security and visibility product Guardian; security management system Central Management Console; and Nozomi Networks threat and asset intelligence services.
The official partnership follows successful joint industrial controls systems (ICS) security projects on two Australian seaport customers, which were recently completed over just four months.
Nozomi Networks and Cyber Partners were able to provide full visibility, control and risk analysis over both customers’ entire network of assets, significantly improving their cyber security posture.
Nozomi Networks first launched in A/NZ in 2018 and has steadily grown its local team and customer base in the region. It recently announced a deal New Zealand energy and internet service company Trustpower.