National Grid Partners (NGP) serves as the eyes and ears of the business searching for new ideas and disruptive innovations that will keep us at the forefront of the energy industry. Whether it is investing in new technologies or getting smarter about how we work every day, we need to be one step ahead.
Staying a step ahead could not be more vital than proactively ensuring the safety and security of our critical assets, and ultimately our customers, through ICS cybersecurity innovation.
This is why Dragos is part our portfolio group of companies, which is already yielding impact on National Grid’s business on both sides of the Atlantic.
What they do
Dragos is a leading cyber-security provider for industrial control systems (ICS).
Industrial control systems run the critical infrastructure that maintains our way of life and provides us with safe and, reliable heat, electricity, fuel and water. Keeping gas pipelines, electric grids and water treatment facilities secure from potentially devastating cyber-attacks is vital.
Why NGP invested
In November 2018, National Grid Partners made an investment in Dragos alongside other leading strategic and financial investors, recognising Dragos’ leadership position in ICS cyber-security. This investment enables National Grid to stay ahead of the curve in industrial cybersecurity innovation.
Prior to its investment, National Grid subscribed to Dragos’ threat intelligence service to monitor industry-wide ICS threats for both our UK and US businesses. National Grid Partners’ investment will help build a more collaborative relationship between our companies.
Benefits to National Grid and its customers
Our cyber-security team will be conducting a pilot of Dragos’ threat detection and response software platform to help secure our critical infrastructure. Our investment should also generate impact to National Grid’s UK and US businesses, which ultimately, ensures continuous safe and secure delivery of energy services to its customers.
What this means in the future for National Grid
By widely deploying a leading ICS security solution such as Dragos, National Grid will enhance its capability to prevent catastrophic cyber-attacks.
Philip Tonkin, Head of Cyber Operational Technology said: “We have a strong, robust, cyber-security strategy in place to keep control systems secure at National Grid and have used Dragos’ threat intelligence system alongside this for some time. We are looking forward to running a pilot of Dragos Platform software in the future which uses detailed analytics to help detect and prevent cyber threats.”
Leading the way and delivering impact
Critical asset threats are on the rise, so an industrial-specific cybersecurity strategy is vital to organizations and their customers. National Grid is leading the way in addressing ICS cybersecurity. Through our partnership with Dragos, National Grid will have the expertise and technology to anticipate when a specific threat is occurring, and informs what the attack is and what to do about it, before it happens. The ultimate impact is to continuously and proactively ensure cybersecurity and critical asset safety for the betterment of our customers.
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