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Juniper Networks and Dragos partner to secure critical infrastructure

Juniper Networks and Dragos partner to secure critical infrastructure

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Juniper Networks – a leader in secure, AI-driven networks – and Dragos, a global leader in cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Operational Technology (OT) environments, have announced their commitment to securing critical infrastructure through an official joint partnership that provides an automation framework for active attack response for OT-ICS networks and systematises the research and development work done by both companies.

​With this joint partnership, OT networks can leverage Juniper’s routing, switching and firewalls, in conjunction with the advanced industrial cybersecurity technology and threat intelligence provided by the Dragos Platform, to provide near real-time response to attacks.​ This innovative joint solution delivers unprecedented cybersecurity visibility across IT and OT domains through the creation of a truly converged industrial network that enables end-to-end threat detection and response orchestration and extends Juniper’s Connected Security strategy to OT network environments.

“Bridging IT and OT to modernise industrial networks requires a high level of precision to maintain the desired characteristics of each area of the network,” said Raj Yavatkar, Chief Technology Officer, Juniper Networks. “We are addressing this challenge by combining our networking and security portfolio with Dragos to deliver an integrated solution that secures critical infrastructure with built-in threat detection and remediation for real-time active responses to malicious attacks.”

By integrating communications at the controller level, Juniper and Dragos can exchange threat detection information and stop real-time, east-west cyberattacks in Industrial Control Systems within minutes. The Dragos Platform provides for the detection of malicious activity by analysing indications of compromise and threat behaviours, then leverages Juniper’s security infrastructure to provide mitigative action by utilising the following capabilities:

  • Closed-loop OT threat detection between the Dragos Platform and Juniper Security Director Cloud and SRX firewalls, including the ability to automate responses
  • Security monitoring, intrusion detection and threat hunting
  • Telemetry aggregation and visualisation to ICS/OT assets, network communications and threat behaviours

“Industrial organisations, including critical infrastructure, are realising that IT cybersecurity and OT cybersecurity are unique – and both vital to their organisations,” said Jon Lavender, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Product, Dragos. “The integration between Juniper’s management platform – Security Director Cloud – and the Dragos Platform brings the best of both worlds to organisations looking to secure their IT and OT businesses and gain more control over threats that could move between systems.”

Juniper Networks and Dragos, along with their existing joint partner Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), previously collaborated to develop and bring to market a network architecture solution – Converged Industrial Edge – that simplifies and secures the information exchange between IT and OT networks. The project was part of a Department of Energy-funded initiative to improve cybersecurity resilience, operational agility and operational cost through an accelerated use of cloud-native technologies in critical infrastructure. With the advent of this official partnership announcement between Dragos and Juniper, the two companies will continue to work together to innovate to protect the critical infrastructure that serves as the foundation of modern society.

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