Forcepoint creates a new Critical Infrastructure business unit

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Bangalore: Global cybersecurity provider Forcepoint today announced the creation of a new business unit to specifically meet the security challenges faced by critical infrastructure providers. The Forcepoint Critical Infrastructure business will leverage the full capability set of the company’s Global Governments and Enterprise Security businesses to deliver defense-grade cybersecurity offerings for insider threat detection, enhanced data security and advanced threat protection for critical infrastructure.

Forcepoint will initially focus its efforts on organizations using industrial control systems (ICS) such as energy, oil and gas, and critical manufacturing. It claimed to be the only company with over 20 years experience that can address the critical infrastructure threat where it is most vulnerable—the human point of interaction with systems and data.

It will deliver a portfolio of integrated, behavioral-based cybersecurity products enriched with content relevant for the industrial space, focusing initially on network security solutions designed to bring more visibility to the sophisticated threats facing industrial control systems.

According to Gartner, “By 2021, 70 percent of OT security will be managed directly by the CIO, chief information security officer (CISO) or chief security officer (CSO) departments, up from 35 percent today.”

“The relative ease and low-cost of cyber attacks across borders today is leading to a crisis in critical infrastructure, where both the information technology and operational side of the house have to come together quickly,” said Sean Berg, SVP & GM for Global Governments and Critical Infrastructure – Forcepoint. “These industries provide essential services that underpin society, and they need to control access to the plant or electric grid to protect their users and critical data. The most effective, holistic approach requires behavioral insight to automatically provide security countermeasures without impacting availability to prevent intrusion into critical systems.”

Choice of Network Segmentation Options to Protect Industrial Environments
Forcepoint’s critical infrastructure offerings build on the company’s decades of experience providing security solutions that protect sensitive government networks and secure connectivity between these networks and the internet. These solutions will be tailored to meet the content requirements of industrial environments, providing secure segmentation to address operational needs, such as vendor partners requiring remote access, and a baseline for monitoring threats within industrial environments. Forcepoint’s solution allows critical infrastructure operators to have the security of a firewall or safe, one-way data transfer for more sensitive areas, while ensuring compliance with standards such as NERC-CIP, NEI-08-09 and ISA/IEC 62443.

Forcepoint NGFW provides consistent security, performance and operations across physical, virtual and cloud systems and is designed for all three stages of network defense: to defeat evasions, detect exploits of vulnerabilities and stop malware. It provides fast decryption of encrypted traffic, including HTTPS web connections, combined with granular privacy controls that keep organizations and users safe in a rapidly changing world.

Forcepoint Data Guard can validate all data transfers at the application and data layers, allowing only valid commands and data sets required for operations. The data flowing between the operational and information networks can be audited and controlled over a one-way connection, providing a higher level of security and reliability required for highly regulated industries like nuclear power plants.

These network security products are part of Forcepoint’s Human Point System portfolio that enable ICS, government agencies and enterprise organizations to “start anywhere” to address data and user security needs across insider threats, human-centric behavior analytics, data loss prevention, cloud security technologies (CASB), and web/email security. Forcepoint’s cybersecurity innovations integrate seamlessly into a system with unified policy management or plug into existing on-premises or cloud environments.

Former Intel/McAfee and Belden Executive to lead Forcepoint Critical Infrastructure Effort
David Hatchell, who will report to Sean Berg, has been named VP – Critical Infrastructure and will lead the new Forcepoint business unit. A veteran of the technology and security industries, Hatchell formerly led the critical infrastructure practice at Intel/McAfee and Belden. The unit will focus on tailoring Forcepoint solutions to the unique product requirements, challenges, and markets of the critical infrastructure space.

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