Bayshore Networks is a provider of active industrial cybersecurity protection solutions specifically designed for OT environments, automation engineers, and plant operators. It has had a partnership with GE Digital. At this month’s 2021 ARC Industry Forum, spokespeople talked to us about this news of acquiring Op Shield from GE Digital as well as furthering their partnership.

The combination of Bayshore’s In-depth Policy Learning, Enforcement and Deep Content Inspection Engines combined with the Op Shield Advanced Management Console with Advanced Protocol Technology addresses the fact that while companies may have Threat Analytics’ and/or Detection Solutions, they need as part of a Cyber Security Triad, Advanced Prevention capabilities that are designed for the real-world OT Cyber skillsets that are realistically available on most plant floors today.

The overall combined solutions that emerge from this acquisition will be democratized to address most if not all major PLC brands giving Bayshore the most robust number of devices and protocols supported in the OT/ICS industry. The integrated solutions should be available in late Q3 of this year under the brand, Op Shield Next Generation.

Bayshore today continues to offer our Active IPS OT fuse for most Industrial PLC protection applications, our Unidirectional Gateway NetWall, our Industrial Secure Remote Access product OT Access, as well as our dedicated OT fuse Cimplicity and iFIX devices for GE installations as well as a Proficy Historian Connector for GE NetWall installations as well as many other Historian Connectors.

As more information becomes available we will keep all of our partners up to date. I want to thank all of you, our End Customers, our Channel and Alliance Partners, and our Investors for believing in our mission of Advanced Active Protection for OT/ICS Networks.

Bayshore Networks and GE Digital announced an expansion to their partnership to integrate their solutions to address the growing need to secure industrial and critical infrastructure networks. GE Digital’s OpShield technology will be integrated into Bayshore Networks’ advanced solutions providing sophisticated industrial cybersecurity and active prevention/protection for industrial equipment, including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human machine interface (HMIs), and engineering workstations.

“We’re pleased to announce another way we will support organizations who need to protect operational technology (OT) environments, industrial processes, and plant operations,” said Steve Pavlosky, Director, Digital Product Management at GE Digital. “Being at the heart of an operation’s data visualization, control, and reporting, it is critically important to ensure companies are taking steps to protect this key element to their operations. The combination of Bayshore’s In-depth Policy Engine with GE Digital’s OpShield Management Console and Advanced Protocol technology addresses the fact that while companies may have threat analytics or detection solutions as part of a Cyber Security triad, they must have advanced prevention capabilities.”

GE Digital began working with Bayshore in 2019 to bring cybersecurity support to GE Proficy installations. With this extended partnership, Bayshore and GE Digital look forward to providing customers in all industries with software that includes Bayshore Networks’ advanced cybersecurity technology with GE Digital’s OpShield capabilities.

“Bayshore is tremendously excited to see the relationship with GE Digital expand to combine our joint technologies with the goal of launching OpShield NextGeneration as the premier detection/active prevention solution for the entire industrial marketplace as we jointly work to secure the world’s industrial and critical infrastructure networks,” said Kevin Senator, CEO of Bayshore Networks. “Together, we will support existing GE Digital customers as well as new customers with technology to protect their OT endpoints and networks from ever-changing and increasing cyber threats as well as advancing this combined technology to a broad range of control products from a variety of vendors. Bayshore’s advanced technology brings a whole new level of safety and resilience within the reach and control of plant operations everywhere regardless of PLC brand in use.”

This partnership combines GE Digital’s OpShield security technology with Bayshore’s Deep Content Inspection and Advanced Policy Learning and Enforcement, enabling Bayshore to create an integrated product line, to be called OpShield NextGeneration.

Bayshore will be the exclusive provider of this combined technology to customers worldwide through GE Digital, Bayshore, and other sales channels. OpShield NextGeneration can protect most HMI and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems from unauthorized and potentially high-risk or dangerous network activity such as unscheduled configuration changes, unscheduled maintenance events, indicators of reconnaissance and surveillance, Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, network spoofing and piggybacking.

“Industrial companies will now usually agree that they have hosts and applications which are no longer separated, or “air-gapped” off for safe, isolated operations from the rest of the company or from outsiders and the internet.“ said Sid Snitkin, Vice President Cybersecurity Advisory Services, ARC Advisory, “These types of systems are susceptible to certain OT network attacks. And with the influence of the pandemic, the industrial attack surface and the resulting cyber risk just continues to increase.”

“Bayshore understands industrial protocols and can easily retrofit into existing network deployments without having to change existing infrastructure, security practices, or even configuration changes to the equipment,” said Kevin Senator.

Bayshore Networks will begin offering the current OpShield product line to customers in late Q1 with an intended launched of OpShield NextGeneration in 2021 that covers most major PLC vendors with leading edge active protection.

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