CISO Series: Why Integrations Matter When Picking an OT Security Provider
By Galina Antova | Jun 11, 2020
For CISOs tasked with eliminating the decades-old security gap between IT and OT, having an OT security solution that integrates equally well with your ecosystem of OT and IT systems and workflows is a game-changer. Not only do integrations help extend core security controls to the OT domain, they also reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) for existing tools by allowing you to leverage the investments you’ve already made in technology, process development, and training, as well as helps your security teams to work more efficiently and effectively.
While integrations deliver significant benefits for OT security, the rollout of technical integrations can be a lengthy and complex process, and not all vendors are on equal footing in this arena. And in order to be useful and operationalized, such integrations must ensure security telemetry from OT networks is properly incorporated into existing IT processes. For this reason, Claroty has invested considerable resources in establishing a network of integration partners to support diverse use cases, including but not limited to SIEM systems, workflow management tools, SOAR solutions, and network infrastructure.
Here’s a brief overview of how these integrations help you get more from your existing investments while better securing your OT environment:
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM): The Claroty Platform integrates with SIEM platforms to enable SOC teams to efficiently monitor and respond to both IT and OT security alerts from a single pane of glass. Claroty delivers OT security alerts directly to the SIEM platform for a truly integrated IT/OT security monitoring, policy management and incident response solution. This accelerates the SOC team’s ability to evaluate events as they emerge, determine risk levels, and prioritize response as appropriate.
Workflow Management: Security teams need solutions that adapt to the way they work, not the other way around. By integrating tools that automate the flow of work and eliminate error-prone and time-consuming manual processes, emails, and spreadsheets, the Claroty Platform becomes an integral part of your security operations. Consolidation removes learning curves associated with new tools and helps bring together geographically distributed SOC teams to create a unified, global approach to IT-OT security.
Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR): Playbooks accelerate incident response and increase efficiency and productivity by freeing-up time for security teams to conduct deeper investigations. Integrating three fundamental types of information from the Claroty Platform into playbooks allows organizations to automate essential security controls. These include: detailed OT asset information to populate the configuration management database and prioritize security processes and actions, critical vulnerabilities in OT assets to create context-rich tickets and prioritize high-risk issues for OT vulnerability management, and OT threat detection alerts to accelerate analysis and corrective action as necessary.
Network Infrastructure: With full visibility into OT networks and continuous threat monitoring, the Claroty Platform aggregates and sends alerts directly to the IT security platform management console for a unified view of threats. Visibility into both IT and OT devices enables the IT security solution to mobilize a wide range of policies to dynamically manage critical OT assets and orchestrate detailed rule sets with tailored workflows for dynamic, automated threat protection for OT environments.
Strong technology integration is a key success factor in bridging the IT-OT security gap. By picking an OT security partner who has made the investments in integration to support different use cases and enable a holistic approach to security, you’ll optimize resources – technology, talent, and time – and be able to lock down your production environments, faster.
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