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Bengaluru, NFAPost: Kaspersky, leading multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider, has launched a dedicated collaboration programme to help institutions become better equipped at understand the latest and most prevalent industrial cybersecurity threats.

By joining the programme, educational institutions, laboratories, research departments, security operations centers (SOC) and emergency response teams (CERT and CSIRT) that meet the partner profile criteria will be able to improve how they conduct their research and train cybersecurity specialists using the Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity solution for free.

The company’s decision comes at a time when industrial organisations are facing the challenge of how to defend their industrial control systems (ICS) from a wide range of attacks. This is happening at a time when industrial manufacturing is going through digital transformation.

Industrial process

Moscow-headquartered Kaspersky’s solutions help to block malicious objects on nearly half (46%) of ICS computers worldwide in 2019. With this in mind, laboratories and institutions are constantly working to create methods that reduce the risks to industrial processes and systems and develop requirements for safe industrial processes.

By closely collaborating with company vendors, researchers across the globe can get along with dedicated security solutions to come up with better results. This will further strengthen the capabilities of industrial organizations to proactively detect and defend themselves against the latest cyberthreats.

Besides helping to get access to its core industrial cybersecurity tools and expertise, Kaspersky’s new programme offers research institutions and facilities the opportunity in achieving their research, development and educational goals.

Cybersecurity practices

The technologies can be used to develop and test cybersecurity practices, analyse attacks and their impact on industrial systems, develop educational programs and improve knowledge of OT (operational technology) and cybersecurity professionals, and develop cybersecurity policies and ICS standards.

To join the new programme, organisations should meet the partner profile criteria, such as being able to organize industrial process modeling testbeds, having educational or research programs on industrial cybersecurity and dedicated experts for laboratory development and maintenance.

The offering includes Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity and Kaspersky Machine Learning for Anomaly Detection solutions, as well as support with deployment and configuration. The Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity solution allows organizations to use applications for operator workstations, human-machine interfaces and ICS/SCADA server protection, as well as detecting industrial network attacks.

Industrial telemetry

Kaspersky Machine Learning for Anomaly Detection will enable detection, visualisation and interception of anomalies in industrial telemetry at a very early stage.

Commenting on the company’s initiative, Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity at Kaspersky Solution Business Lead Anton Shipulin said it is a reality that industrial processes across the globe have become more complex and nuanced, so too do cyberthreats.

“Here, organisations are developing their systems at great speed, so keeping them protected is essential to achieving sustainable success. This new dedicated program from Kaspersky is not just about giving research laboratories the tools they need to detect threats, but also sharing our decades of expertise so institutions can upskill and train their researchers to become cybersecurity specialists,” said Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity at Kaspersky Solution Business Lead Anton Shipulin.

He also said this ensures that cybersecurity solution-based knowledge, machine learning and human expertise can work in harmony and help keep industrial organisations protected from advanced and targeted cyberattacks.

Kaspersky has already worked with a number of educational institutions, including the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, the Savona Campus at the University of Genoa in Italy and Singapore University of Technology and Design, to help further their research.

Strategic business

Kaspersky Lab ranks fourth in the global ranking of antivirus vendors by revenue. Among the strategic business areas that led to the growth of Kaspersky Lab include the digital one and the Enterprise segment. The company’s digital sales include non-endpoint products and services.

The company also came up with the best products and services in the industry as well as new solutions and technologies that prevent, detect and take action on the most complex cyber threats.

In 2018, Kaspersky Lab continued to develop its global transparency initiative by implementing several important steps. Thus, the company began relocating its IT infrastructure to Switzerland and opened the first Transparency Center in Zurich. Kaspersky Lab has also became one of the four major global audit firms with its engineering processes related to the creation and distribution of threat detection databases. 

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