Rockwell Automation, Fortinet partner to secure industrial OT environments

Dec. 20, 2022
Fortinet joins the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork as a Gold Technology Partner.

Global industrial automation and digital transformation expert Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) on Dec. 15 announced that Fortinet, a global provider of a broad, integrated, automated cybersecurity platform, has joined the Rockwell PartnerNetwork program as a Gold Technology Partner.

By partnering, Fortinet and Rockwell Automation say they will be better able to provide powerful cybersecurity protection to global customers through the convergence of advanced networking and security capabilities.

As noted by the partners in a press release:

The differences between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) environments mean that ICS systems often face different cybersecurity risks and a unique threat landscape that requires security solutions tailored to their challenges.

Fortinet has years of experience securing OT environments with solutions that can help connected organizations protect, consolidate, and scale their security.

Traditionally, OT companies have relied upon "air gapping" as a crucial part of their security strategy. By ensuring that no network connectivity existed between OT and IT networks, it was possible to decrease the exposure of ICS components to cyber threats.

But today, the air gaps between OT and IT networks are rapidly disintegrating. As a leading vendor of OT security solutions, Fortinet will [now] help Rockwell securely support its evolving customer base around the world.

Dan DeYoung, vice president of product management at Rockwell Automation, pointed out:

"More Rockwell customers are looking at ways connected products or services can provide new revenue streams. But digital transformation initiatives have to be secure, so they're requesting Fortinet products to help them realize their goals. Our customers are looking for ways to reduce complexity with integrated security products that are specifically designed for OT environments. Partnering with Fortinet offers the security efficacy and reliability they need."

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet, added:

"Companies will continue to see a convergence of OT and IT, and this evolution will have a significant effect on manufacturing cybersecurity. The Fortinet partnership with Rockwell Automation will help customers securely navigate their digital transformation journey. Our collaboration with Rockwell will support secure connected organizations by reducing their exposure to cyber threats and help them centralize visibility and management of their security architecture."

Learn more about Fortinet OT capabilities and solutions.

Learn more about Rockwell Automation's digital PartnerNetwork program.

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