December 7, 2020

Kaspersky and Alias Robotics enhance protection for industrial robots

Kaspersky and Alias Robotics have partnered to boost cyber-protection for robots that are used in operational technology (OT) infrastructure.

As recently confirmed in a dedicated case study, Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity and Alias Robotics’ Robot Immune System (RIS) solutions can work together and successfully prevent attacks on OT networks with robots, harden control stations and protect robot endpoints from being compromised.

Robotics is one of the key components of Industry 4.0. The implementation of industrial robots is increasing, with the market expected to grow exponentially and exceed $24 billion by 2025. Used in many industrial operations, robots represent another type of endpoint in OT infrastructure. However, protecting them requires a special approach, since robots represent a separate, complex and connected system with specific protocols and tools.

As proven throughout the case study, Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity and Robot Immune System, a dedicated robot endpoint protection platform by Alias Robotics, together protect all levels of the OT environment where robots are used – from robot controllers to processes and operations. This was tested with three attack vectors, including process network insider, controller insider and compromising the robot operating system (ROS) network.

The research showed that Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Networks enables network asset management and successfully detects network attacks and anomalies in OT environments. Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Nodes adds complex protection for industrial control stations while Robot Immune System provides dedicated protection for robot controllers.

“Robots have their own networks, technologies, safety requirements and business priorities, all of which must be uniquely addressed. These systems demand specialized cybersecurity measures that need tohappen at the endpoint to guarantee no-human-harm. Our Robot Immune System (RIS) supports more than 40 different robots today and we are partnering with best in class industrial networking monitoring solutions to secure robots in OT environments. By integrating RIS into Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity, our clients can now protect their robots with RIS and manage the security of their ICS infrastructure seamlessly via Kaspersky’s solution,” says Víctor Mayoral Vilches, CTO and Founder at Alias Robotics.

“As the OT infrastructure becomes more complex, it is important to add security for each of its parts and layers. Protection measures and tools should also work smoothly with each other to cover the entire environment without any gaps. Considering the growing implementation of industrial robots, this partnership with Alias Robotics allows our customers with robots in their infrastructure to meet the demand for reliable protection,” comments Anton Shipulin, Solution Business Lead, Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity, Kaspersky.

To learn more about the case study, ‘Securing robot endpoints in Operational Technology environments’, please visit the Alias Robotics website. More information about Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity and how it protects OT environments can be found here.

About Kaspersky

Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into innovative security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 250,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

About Alias Robotics

Founded in 2018, Alias Robotics is a leading robot cybersecurity firm. It was founded upon previous experiences in robotics and their clients include some of the most popular robot component providers, as well as a growing list of robot end-users in the industry and healthcare domains. Their team is composed of recognized roboticists and security researchers who take a roboticists' approach to cybersecurity, delivering a core robotics know-how. The company is behind the Robot Immune System (RIS), a security certified software solution that protects robots and robot components against malware. RIS gets installed directly into the robotic endpoints delivering an integrated suite of protection technologies. Learn more at aliasrobotics.com .

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