New free cybersecurity assessment tools launched


Threat detection solutions firm Dragos has launched a set of free assessment tools to help organisations to better secure critical infrastructure and systems.

The launched ICS security package Dragos Community Tools provide organisations with free asset identification capabilities, an important first step to effective threat detection and response.

Threat detection and response is important in ICS environments, as they can contain thousands of assets–many potentially unknown to industrial organisations – with interconnected communications.

The launched tools is expected to help communities and organisations to effectively understand what assets they have and how their ICS assets function, communicate, and behave. This visibility is the prerequisite for development and deployment of cybersecurity architectures to detect and respond to threats

The tools include Integrity, a product developed by NexDefense, a subsidiary of Dragos, and Cyberlens, an assessment tool developed by Dragos.

Integrity, developed at Idaho National Laboratory, will be used by organisations to continuously and passively monitor their ICS networks with basic DPI and asset fingerprinting capabilities

Cyberlens is an assessment tool to help the community quickly process packet captures and visualize ICS environments.

Robert M. Lee, CEO at Dragos, said: “…safeguarding civilisation, and central to this mission is finding ways to provide tools and resources for the entire community.

 “With the acquisition of NexDefense, we can provide a free asset identification tool specifically for operators looking to start with situational awareness and enable continuous asset monitoring capabilities, thereby helping move our entire community closer to the next level of maturity in security against cyber threats.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.