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Wurldtech launches MSS for industrial Internet

Wurldtech's industrial managed security services will provide security operations, threat intelligence and incident response services for critical infrastructure and operational technology environments to help protect the industrial Internet.


April 4, 2016
By SP&T Staff
SP&T Staff

Wurldtech is a GE company and a provider of cyber security for operational technology (OT) and critical infrastructure. The company has announced a new GE Digital security offering: industrial managed security services provider (iMSS). These services are designed to help customers strengthen their security posture by providing real-time visibility, threat detection and remediation within their OT network environment.

With the emergence of the industrial Internet, OT environments are increasingly interconnected to a wide array of networks, including IT and business networks, broader communication platforms, direct-to-internet transmission frameworks and cloud services.

“The connectivity of these networks introduces more risk to the OT environment, which can require 24-7 monitoring for threats,” said Paul Rogers, president and CEO of Wurldtech and General Manager of GE Industrial Cyber Security. “These threats cannot adequately be addressed by the traditional IT security offerings on the market. Wurldtech’s Industrial iMSS builds on GE’s unique experience leading the convergence of IT and OT. The iMSS will help companies minimize risk, reduce costs and protect their overall OT investment.”

According to Gartner, by year-end 2017, more than 80 per cent of enterprises with significant OT assets will complete restructuring their security governance and management organizations to encompass IT, OT and physical security requirements.

Wurldtech’s iMSS utilizes its innovative network security detection and prevention technology, OpShield, which is designed to protect critical infrastructure control systems and assets and enable security management and monitoring for control systems, critical assets and other embedded/connected devices.

Wurldtech’s iMSS is being rolled out across GE’s Brilliant factories in the oil and gas, power, transportation and aviation sectors in the U.S. and Europe.

“The Wurldtech iMSS extends what the GE Security Operation Center currently does for the IT side of businesses to OT environments,” said Richard Puckett, senior director of cyber intelligence and security operations, for GE Digital. “The intelligence we’re able to provide is based on the collective expertise of the Wurldtech and GE teams in the cyber security and industrial operating environments.”