Respond Software Partners with ForeScout to Strengthen ICS Cybersecurity Programs

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NASHUA, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Respond Software teams up with ForeScout Technologies, Inc., a leading
IoT security company, to roll out a new technical integration called
Virtual ICS Threat Analyst Logic (VITAL). The partnership was initiated
by SecurityMatters, now part of ForeScout, to help automate threat
analyst decision-making processes for industrial control system (ICS)
asset owners.

The complexity of industrial environments has led to an increasing
number of ICS-specific cyber-threats, in which asset owners have no
visibility. Finding and scaling a team of skilled ICS security operation
center analysts, threat hunters, incident responders, and forensic
analysts is a challenge for all asset owners. The lack of available
skilled security personnel, combined with the fact that today’s security
teams are incredibly busy, makes it challenging to focus on priority
issues. The integration between ForeScout’s SilentDefense and The
Respond Analyst streamlines ICS security operations for critical
infrastructure asset owners by escalating and prioritizing critical
incidents, while eliminating false positive alerts.

“Ensuring the availability of critical infrastructure means being able
to defend these systems against malicious intent. It’s not feasible to
hire enough security experts that understand the nuances of ICS systems
and cyber threats,” says Curley Henry, deputy CISO, Southern Company.
“We need solutions that bridge the gap and give us the capability to
continuously monitor and analyze key networks and quickly make
appropriate decisions.”

ForeScout analyzes industrial network communications, provides rich
information about network assets and generates alerts in real time in
response to cyber threats. Respond Analyst is the first-of-its-kind
security decision automation software. Joint customers who implement
VITAL can feed detailed ICS analytics data from SilentDefense to Respond
Analyst. The Respond Analysts’ Intelligent Decision Engine comes
pre-built and ready to analyze and triage ICS alerts and escalate
detailed security incidents that require immediate response by a
security team.

“The success that leading ICS asset owners in the U.S. are already
having with VITAL is very exciting,” said Damiano Bolzini, vice
president of industrial and OT business unit, ForeScout. “Since today’s
security teams are working harder than ever, this integration between
ForeScout’s SilentDefense and Respond Analyst is strengthening our joint
customers’ ICS security teams by allowing them to focus on the serious
security issues.”

“It’s becoming increasingly important to protect our nation’s ICS
infrastructure with consistent and continuous monitoring,” said Chris
Triolo, vice president of customer success, Respond Software. “The
Respond Analyst decision engine has the combined experience of Respond
Software and ForeScout built in. Customers can add the critical capacity
and capability necessary to protect ICS assets – without adding
additional staff.”

About ForeScout:
ForeScout Technologies, Inc. helps make the
invisible visible. Our company focuses on providing Global 2000
enterprises and government agencies with agentless visibility and
control of traditional and IoT devices the instant they connect to the
network. Our technology integrates with disparate security tools to help
organizations accelerate incident response, break down silos, automate
workflows and optimize existing investments. Learn more at www.forescout.com

About Respond Software:
Respond Software delivers instant
ROI to organizations in their battle against cyber-crime. With its
patent-pending intelligent decision engine, PGO, Respond Software’s
product uniquely combines the best of human expert judgement with the
scale, thoroughness, and consistency of software. This
quick-to-implement, cyber-security decision automation software delivers
the equivalent of a virtual, best-of-breed analyst team that
dramatically increases capacity and improves monitoring and triage
capabilities at a fraction of the cost. Respond
Software
was founded in 2016 by security and software industry
veterans.

Contacts

Jane Callahan
Account Director, Press Friendly
jane@pressfriendly.com

Erin Anderson
ForeScout
Marketing Communications- US
erin.anderson@forescout.com

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