As the scope of an auto manufacturer’s operation grows, the complexity of its security requirements often increases exponentially. Struggling to gain a unified view into its operational technology (OT) security posture, this large automaker was seeking a vendor to provide comprehensive OT asset visibility offering. This discovery led to a host of other benefits that ultimately helped the company improve availability, reliability, and safety across its entire OT environment
The company—like many others in its industry—sought a way to view, monitor and manage the security of its numerous production sites, each consisting of hundreds of assets, in order to proactively strengthen its OT security and more effectively manage the inherent risks.
- Complex and diverse attack surface: Automakers typically have numerous factories, usually spread across a large geographic area, each comprising a wide range of networked devices. This poses a particular challenge in finding a scalable but consistent approach to OT security because the technical requirements for OT devices differ considerably across use cases and vendors.
- Lack of production-related alerting: OT security incidents are often difficult to detect until after they have already begun to impact production, which has a cascading effect on operations. Precise and automated alerting are necessary to allow staff to respond quickly and keep the plant operational
After a comprehensive evaluation process, the underlying technology included in Tripwire Industrial Visibility was chosen and deployed across an automobile manufacturing operation spanning more than 40 factories across two continents. Platform components utilized include:
- The underlying technology included in Tripwire Industrial Visibility Threat Detection Console for full-spectrum OT asset visibility, continuous security monitoring, and real-time risk insights with zero impact to operational processes and underlying devices.
- The underlying technology included in Tripwire Industrial Visibility Management Hub to simplify management overall, consolidating data from across the platform and providing a unified view of assets, activities, and alerts across multiple sites. The platform also integrates seamlessly via the Management Hub for IT security infrastructure, wherever appropriate
The underlying technology included in Tripwire Industrial Visibility immediately profiled all assets in the company’s network and provided a depth and volume of detail on each asset that was unmatched by any other vendor evaluated. This process was achieved without disruption to operational processes.
By giving the company a unified view of all devices in the ecosystem, even legacy devices in use since before modern cybersecurity was a primary design consideration are identified, monitored and secured. This comprehensive OT visibility and real-time threat detection empowered the company to be proactive about protection against a much wider range of threats.