Dragos and the DNG-ISAC Announce Initiative to Increase Security of ICS/OT in the Natural Gas Sector
HANOVER, MD – Monday, August 23, 2021 – Dragos, Inc., a provider of cybersecurity for industrial controls systems (ICS)/operational technology (OT) environments and the Downstream Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center (DNG-ISAC) have announced an initiative to strengthen security and community-wide visibility for industrial cybersecurity in the North American natural gas industry.
Dragos’s Neighborhood Keeper is scheduled to be deployed via the DNG-ISAC, enabling DNG ISAC’s analysts to gain greater visibility into industrial control system (ICS) cyber threats facing the natural gas sector. The DNG-ISAC analysts will have the ability to view anonymous and aggregated information about threat analytics and Indicators of Compromise (IOC) as they are detected by the Dragos Platform and shared with Neighborhood Keeper. Insights and trends gleaned from this information will be shared more broadly with all DNG-ISAC members. At the same time, Dragos customers in the natural gas sector will benefit from access to a larger pool of DNG-ISAC cybersecurity expert analysis providing feedback on threats and vulnerabilities.
Originally developed with the support of an award from the U.S. Department of Energy, Neighborhood Keeper is a free, opt-in, anonymized information-sharing network available to all Dragos Platform customers. “Achieving strong industrial cybersecurity in the natural gas industry requires a collaborative approach,” said Robert M. Lee, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Dragos, Inc. “Supply chains in natural gas are increasingly interconnected and interdependent, making it important to act as a community and mature together to collectively defend against attackers, from state actors to cybercriminal organizations. The DNG-ISAC will now have visibility to cyber threat activity across the industry, and in the future that will be further enhanced with capabilities such as being able to reach out to anonymous asset operators with relevant threat intelligence and even enhance that data with DNG-ISAC’s own insights.”
Cyber threats targeting ICS/OT networks continue to increase in frequency and sophistication, while data collection and analysis remain extremely limited for industrial defenders. Because adversaries can move through ICS/OT networks undetected, they are able to continually train and prepare for the next cyber attack. DNG-ISAC Executive Director Jim Linn said, “The goal of the DNG-ISAC is to provide our members with accurate, timely, actionable, and relevant information on threats to ICS/OT networks across the entire North American natural gas industry. We look forward to adding Neighborhood Keeper to our toolbox.”
The DNG-ISAC serves natural gas utility (distribution) companies by facilitating communications between participants, the federal government, and other critical infrastructures. Specifically, the DNG-ISAC coordinates closely with the E-ISAC (Electric Sector), and shares information back and forth between electric, combination (natural gas and electric), and natural gas utilities. The DNG-ISAC promptly disseminates threat information and indicators from government and other sources and provides analysis, coordination and summarization of related industry-affecting information.
About Dragos, Inc.
Dragos has a global mission: to safeguard civilization from those trying to disrupt the industrial infrastructure we depend on every day. The practitioners who founded Dragos were drawn to this mission through decades of government and private sector experience.
Dragos codifies the knowledge of our cybersecurity experts into an integrated software platform that provides customers critical visibility into ICS and OT networks so that threats are identified and can be addressed before they become significant events. Our solutions protect organizations across a range of industries, including power and water utilities, energy, and manufacturing, and are optimized for emerging applications like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT).
Dragos is privately held and headquartered in the Washington, DC area with regional presence around the world, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the Middle East.
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