Honeywell Expands OT Cybersecurity Portfolio with Acalvio Technologies

Honeywell and Acalvio Technologies have launched a new solution designed to detect known and unknown (zero-day) attacks in operational technology (OT) environments in commercial buildings.

The Acalvio-powered Honeywell Threat Defense Platform (HTDP) uses “sophisticated active defense – with autonomous deception tactics to outwit attackers,” providing “high-fidelity threat detection,” according to the company.

Traditionally, the creation of OT environments has relied on prevention technology and passive detection, such as perimeter security and network traffic analysis to secure systems.

According to a recent survey by Honeywell Building Technologies, more than one in four facility managers surveyed (27%) have experienced a cyber breach of their OT systems in the past 12 months.

Threat actors continue to target systems with both targeted attacks and ransomware attacks. These attacks can go beyond accessing private customer data and can potentially harm the operations of critical organizations such as utilities, data centers, hospitals and airports.

According to Honeywell, HTDP uses deception tactics to confuse and deflect threats from critical assets and devices, resulting in a low false alarm rate and high detection rate. The solution leads the threat actors to assets, which lure appear to be valuable OT and computing devices; However, none of the devices are real and there is no access to company resources. The solution makes real, critical operational devices harder to find, slow down adversaries and help security teams capture them faster.

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“The quantity and complexity of cyber attacks is unfortunately increasing every day, reinforcing the need for building owners and operators to rigorously monitor, maintain and protect their OT environments,” said Mirel Sehic, Global Director of Cyber ​​Security, Honeywell Building Technologies , in a press release. “The integration of Acalvio’s autonomous deception technology into our OT cybersecurity toolbelt provides a very effective solution to help protect our customers’ buildings from increasingly sophisticated attacks. “

Ram Varadarajan, co-founder and CEO of Acalvio Technologies, said: “… This technology is something that can benefit all buildings and facilities, especially those that do not have teams of cyber experts. It does not require any prior knowledge of attacker tactics and can be deployed without special training or modification of existing OT environments.

HTDP’s new solution includes deployment and continuous monitoring, freeing up Homeland Security team resources. Advanced artificial intelligence makes the service easy to use and scalable. HTDP is well suited for organizations that want advanced intrusion detection in their building network without having to install or use complex technology. HTDP can be deployed in IT and OT environments either as an on-premise offering or cloud service.

The new offering also helps clients improve their resilience and business continuity efforts to help them meet their environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.

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