Forging the Future of OT Security: A New Era of Risk Management and Compliance

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Forging the Future of OT Security: A New Era of Risk Management

Forging the Future of OT Security: A New Era of Risk Management and Compliance

In an era where cybersecurity threats loom larger and regulatory landscapes become increasingly complex, a pioneering partnership sets a new standard for operational technology (OT) risk management and supply chain transparency. This week, during the S4x24, I interviewed JC Herz, SVP, Cyber Supply Chain, Exiger, and Eric Byres, CTO & Board Member, aDolus, about their partnership. This collaboration between aDolus and Exiger represents a significant leap forward, offering an innovative solution to one of the most pressing challenges facing industries reliant on critical infrastructure: the need for comprehensive, real-time risk assessment and management of software supply chains.

Summary key points

  • aDolus and Exiger have partnered to enhance supply chain risk management.
  • aDolus provides highly accurate software bills of materials (SBOMs), allowing organizations to identify software dependencies and their suppliers.
  • Exiger offers entity-level intelligence that analyzes supplier risk, including those involved in mergers and acquisitions.
  • Together, they can provide retroactive transparency to meet regulatory requirements for systems lacking SBOMs.
  • Their partnership enables customers to make informed risk decisions and mitigate potential threats.

The Strategic Impact of the Collaboration

Here are the pivotal areas where this collaboration is set to make a substantial impact:

  • Enhancing OT Security Frameworks: This partnership marks a significant advancement in closing the security gaps within OT systems, combining sophisticated software analysis with AI-driven risk management to offer comprehensive threat identification and mitigation capabilities.
  • Elevating Proactive Threat Defense: By enabling a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the risks associated with software components, even in legacy systems, the collaboration empowers organizations to preemptively address potential vulnerabilities, safeguarding critical infrastructure against both known and emerging threats.
  • Facilitating Regulatory Navigation: In the face of increasingly stringent software supply chain regulations, the joint efforts provide a blueprint for organizations to achieve compliance more efficiently, especially for legacy systems that were previously out of regulatory scope.
  • Keeping Pace with Cyber Threat Evolution: Acknowledging the dynamic nature of cybersecurity challenges, especially those targeting supply chains, the partnership is designed to evolve, ensuring that organizations have access to cutting-edge defenses against the cyber threats of tomorrow.

Real-World Applications of the Adolus and Exiger Partnership

  • Retroactive Transparency for Regulatory Compliance: Organizations can meet regulatory requirements for systems lacking SBOMs by leveraging aDolus’ retroactive analysis to understand the supplier mix.
  • Informed Risk Decisions for Acquisitions: aDolus and Exiger’s combined capabilities enable companies to uncover high-risk components and suppliers, providing insights for informed risk decisions during acquisitions.
  • Enhanced Trust for Suppliers: Suppliers can demonstrate transparency and mitigate risk concerns by using aDolus’ platform and providing high-assurance customers with complete visibility into their supply chain.
  • Improved Collaboration between Customers and Suppliers: This partnership fosters transparency and visibility, allowing customers and suppliers to address risks proactively and find mutually acceptable solutions.
  • Economic Benefits: Real-world applications of this partnership ultimately have economic consequences, such as the ability to avoid potential threats and make informed investment decisions.

The importance of this strategic alliance transcends the capabilities of individual companies, marking a paradigm shift in how industries approach the security and compliance of their operational technology. For end users, particularly those in sectors with mission-critical infrastructure, the partnership not only signifies enhanced security and compliance but also represents a commitment to future-proofing their operations against an increasingly unpredictable cyber threat landscape.

In essence, this collaboration is not just about mitigating risks or achieving compliance; it’s about transforming the way industries view and manage the security of their operational technology. By providing the tools and intelligence necessary to navigate the complexities of modern cybersecurity and regulatory requirements, the partnership stands as a beacon for organizations striving to secure their operations and supply chains in an interconnected digital world.

The interview was recorded by Lucian Fogoros from IIoT World. This summary was created based on the video transcript with the assistance of and NotebookLM. It was edited by the IIoT World team.