Strong local team a distinct benefit
The F&B company already had a well-established long-term relationship with Rockwell Automation. Being able to engage with Rockwell Automation’s strong local team gave the client the confidence that the right solution would be recommended.
“Older technology needed to be modernised to enable better visibility,” said Beard. “As the adage goes, ‘if you can see it, you can protect it’.” Rockwell Automation worked with its partner, Claroty, which specialises in assisting organisations secure cyber-physical systems in their environments with purpose-built cybersecurity technology.
Claroty’s Continuous Threat Detection (CTD) solution has been implemented across four sites in Australia, with six more scheduled globally over the next few years. It was implemented as a virtual appliance that sniffs network traffic when passing through the OT network. It is currently used to provide visibility of threats within the network, but there are plans to integrate it into the F&B company’s wider IT network team for alerting and monitoring.
“OT systems are particularly vulnerable as they do not run on regular operating systems, lack traditional security tools, and are usually programmed from conventional computers,” said Alson Huynh, cybersecurity consultant, Rockwell Automation. “This leaves them open to the risk of attack from malicious entities which can disrupt production – even the slightest manipulation of a sensor could be enough to significantly disrupt production.”