Enhancing cybersecurity research

Enhancing cybersecurity research

The intensity and frequency of cyberattacks have skyrocketed in recent years. But all hope isn’t lost. Kaspersky has launched a dedicated collaboration programme to help institutions become better equipped to understand the latest and most prevalent industrial cybersecurity threats.

By joining the programme, educational institutions, laboratories, research departments, security operations centres and emergency response teams can improve how they conduct their research and train cybersecurity specialists using the Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity solution for free.

Industrial organisations keep facing the challenge of how to defend their industrial control systems (ICS) from a wide range of attacks. For instance, Kaspersky’s solutions helped to block malicious objects on nearly half (46%) of ICS computers worldwide in 2019.

With this in mind, laboratories and institutions are constantly working to create methods that reduce the risks to industrial processes and systems. By closely collaborating with vendors, researchers who embrace dedicated security solutions can yield better results and foster the capabilities industrial organisations need to detect and defend themselves against the latest cyberthreats.

“As industrial processes become more complex and nuanced, so too do cyberthreats,” says Anton Shipulin, solution business lead, Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity at Kaspersky. “Organisations are developing their systems at great speed, so keeping them protected is essential to achieving sustainable success. This new dedicated programme from Kaspersky is not just about giving research laboratories the tools they need to detect threats, but also sharing our decades of expertise so institutions can upskill and train their researchers to become cybersecurity specialists. This ensures that cybersecurity solution-based knowledge, machine learning and human expertise can work in harmony and help keep industrial organisations protected from advanced and targeted cyberattacks.”

The new programme offers research institutions and facilities the opportunity to use Kaspersky’s core industrial cybersecurity tools and expertise to support them in achieving their research, development and educational goals. The technologies can be used to develop and test cybersecurity practices, analyse attacks and their impact on industrial systems, develop educational programmes and improve knowledge of OT (operational technology) and cybersecurity professionals, and develop cybersecurity policies and ICS standards.

To join the programme, organisations should meet the partner profile criteria, such as being able to organise industrial process modelling testbeds, having educational or research programmes on industrial cybersecurity and dedicated experts for laboratory development and maintenance.

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