CyberX’s first Cortex app to enable zero-trust strategies for OT networks

CyberX, the IIoT and industrial control system (ICS) security company, announced the availability of its “IIoT/ICS Asset Visibility & Threat Monitoring App” on Cortex – the industry’s only open and integrated AI-based continuous security platform.

Building on Cortex allows Palo Alto Networks Cortex partners to use normalized and stitched together data from customers’ entire enterprises to build cloud-based apps that constantly deliver innovative cybersecurity capabilities to joint customers.

As digitalization drives the deployment of billions of new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices along with pervasive connectivity between IT and OT networks, the attack surface is constantly expanding. Boards and management teams are increasingly concerned about the risk of costly production downtime and cyber-physical safety incidents from OT cyberattacks.

The new certified CyberX app is the first of its kind for securing OT networks. The integration of CyberX’s agentless platform with Cortex enables industrial and critical infrastructure organizations to implement zero-trust strategies for OT networks to stop the rapid spread of attacks.

Clients can now auto-discover and tag all managed and unmanaged IIoT/ICS devices to automatically define granular segmentation policies based on OT-specific device types, protocols, and behavior patterns.

Clients can also leverage CyberX’s continuous OT threat monitoring and IIoT/ICS threat intelligence feed — correlated with IT security events from Cortex Data Lake — to bring additional context, speed, and precision to threat investigation and threat hunting.

“The ROI benefit of CyberX’s app on Cortex is that it enables joint customers to collect and analyze network traffic data from Palo Alto Networks sensors they’ve already purchased and deployed while deploying CyberX as a cloud-based service. Customers can also choose to deploy CyberX as an on-premises solution, via physical or virtual appliances, integrated with Palo Alto Networks offerings,” said Amit Porat, Chief Architect at CyberX.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Palo Alto Networks to unify disparate data sources and apply machine learning to automatically detect and quickly respond to threats.”

“Cortex partners can leverage the vast amount of rich data available from across the enterprise to create AI-based innovations that provide more automated and accurate security outcomes to our joint customers,” said Karan Gupta, SVP of Engineering for Cortex at Palo Alto Networks.

“We’re proud to welcome CyberX to our expanding ecosystem of developers building innovative apps.”

Cortex is designed to radically simplify and significantly improve security outcomes. Deployed on a global, scalable public cloud platform, Cortex allows security teams to speed the analysis of massive data sets.

Cortex is enabled by Cortex Data Lake, where customers can securely and privately store and analyze large amounts of data normalized for advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning to find threats and orchestrate responses quickly.