Honeywell and Acalvio Technologies Launch Shared Solution to Stop Zero-Day Attacks

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.

Honeywell Threat Defense Platform (HTDP) powered by Acalvio uses active defense, with autonomous deception tactics to outwit attackers, and provides high-fidelity threat detection.

Honeywell’s technology presents a government-recommended and standard-setter approach to cybersecurity because of its ability to detect and control attacks, the company says.

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.

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

Threat actors continue to target building 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.

HTDP uses deception tactics to confuse and deflect threats to critical assets and devices, resulting in low false alarm rate and high detection rate.

The solution leads threat actors to lure assets, which appear to be valuable OT and IT devices. However, none of the devices are real and there is no access to company assets.

The solution makes real and critical operational devices harder to find, slowing down adversaries and helping security teams capture them faster, the company says.

Mirel Sehic, Global Director of Cyber ​​Security at Honeywell Building Technologies, said: “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 assets. OT environments.

“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. “

Powered by Acalvio deception technology, HTDP integrates industry-specific design, intent, and knowledge into a workflow to deploy effective deception on distributed enterprise OT networks.

Using specially crafted deception elements, HTDP also helps detect ransomware and even zero-day variants accurately and quickly. HTTP uses advanced scans to confirm and investigate threats.

Acalvio Technologies co-founder and CEO Ram Varadarajan said, “We are delighted to be working with Honeywell to secure and keep OT systems running smoothly while protecting people and data across an entire network. organization.

“It is important to note that this technology 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.”

The HTDP solution includes deployment and continuous monitoring, freeing up resources for the internal security team, the company said.

Advanced artificial intelligence makes the service simpler and scalable. According to the company, HTDP is well suited for organizations that want advanced intrusion detection into their building network without having to install or use complex technology.

HTDP can be deployed in IT and OT environments as an on-premise offering or as a cloud service. This new offering also helps clients improve their resilience and business continuity efforts to help them achieve their environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.

Honeywell’s relationship with Acalvio includes the investment by Honeywell Ventures to further support the development of the latest cybersecurity solutions and disruptive technologies.

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