Nashua, NH—December 4, 2018 – Respond Software teams up with ForeScout Technologies, Inc., a leading IoT security company, to roll out a new technical integration called Virtual ICS Threat Analyst Logic (VITAL). The partnership was initiated by SecurityMatters, now part of ForeScout, to help automate threat analyst decision-making processes for industrial control system (ICS) asset owners.
The complexity of industrial environments has led to an increasing number of ICS-specific cyber-threats, in which asset owners have no visibility. Finding and scaling a team of skilled ICS security operation center analysts, threat hunters, incident responders, and forensic analysts is a challenge for all asset owners. The lack of available skilled security personnel, combined with the fact that today’s security teams are incredibly busy, makes it challenging to focus on priority issues. The integration between ForeScout’s SilentDefense and The Respond Analyst streamlines ICS security operations for critical infrastructure asset owners by escalating and prioritizing critical incidents, while eliminating false positive alerts.
“Ensuring the availability of critical infrastructure means being able to defend these systems against malicious intent. It’s not feasible to hire enough security experts that understand the nuances of ICS systems and cyber threats,” says Curley Henry, deputy CISO, Southern Company. “We need solutions that bridge the gap and give us the capability to continuously monitor and analyze key networks and quickly make appropriate decisions.”
ForeScout analyzes industrial network communications, provides rich information about network assets and generates alerts in real time in response to cyber threats. Respond Analyst is the first-of-its-kind security decision automation software. Joint customers who implement VITAL can feed detailed ICS analytics data from SilentDefense to Respond Analyst. The Respond Analysts’ Intelligent Decision Engine comes pre-built and ready to analyze and triage ICS alerts and escalate detailed security incidents that require immediate response by a security team.
“The success that leading ICS asset owners in the U.S. are already having with VITAL is very exciting,” said Damiano Bolzini, vice president of industrial and OT business unit, ForeScout. “Since today’s security teams are working harder than ever, this integration between ForeScout’s SilentDefense and Respond Analyst is strengthening our joint customers’ ICS security teams by allowing them to focus on the serious security issues.”
“It’s becoming increasingly important to protect our nation’s ICS infrastructure with consistent and continuous monitoring,” said Chris Triolo, vice president of customer success, Respond Software. “The Respond Analyst decision engine has the combined experience of Respond Software and ForeScout built in. Customers can add the critical capacity and capability necessary to protect ICS assets – without adding additional staff.”
ForeScout Technologies, Inc. helps make the invisible visible. Our company focuses on providing Global 2000 enterprises and government agencies with agentless visibility and control of traditional and IoT devices the instant they connect to the network. Our technology integrates with disparate security tools to help organizations accelerate incident response, break down silos, automate workflows and optimize existing investments Learn more at www.forescout.com
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Respond Software delivers near-instant return on investment to organizations in their battle against cyber-crime. As a leader in the emerging class of automated software known as Robotic Decision Automation (RDA), Respond Software is working to address the critical shortage of skilled security analysts impacting security teams of all sizes. Its patented intelligent decision engine, PGO®, uniquely combines human expert judgement with the scale and consistency of software to dramatically increase capacity and improve monitoring and triage capabilities at a fraction of the cost of in-house or outsourced personnel. Respond Software was founded in 2016 by security and software industry veterans and services customers across critical infrastructure sectors such as banking, energy, and retail. https://respond-software.com/
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Respond Software redefines Security Operations by enabling expert analyst capability and capacity at dramatically lower cost. The Respond Analyst, driven by its patent-pending Probabilistic Graphical Optimization (PGO)™ technology, emulates the decision-making of an expert security analyst, effectively becoming a SOC team member that specializes in high-volume, low signal use cases while it learns, adapts and maintains an organization’s tribal knowledge 24x7x365. Respond Software was founded in 2016 and is based in Silicon Valley. Its security and enterprise software veteran team, world-class investors, and customer base are building technology for the SOC of the future.
Tim Wenzlau is a Product Manager at Respond Software. He is focused on adding skills to the Respond Analyst--continuously improving the Respond Analyst’s intelligence, visibility, awareness, and user experience. Prior to Respond Software, Tim managed and launched a user behavior product and held various roles in corporate development, strategy, and business operations. Tim holds a degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University.View all posts by Tim Wenzlau
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