Nozomi Networks provides a cybersecurity platform to protect industrial customers. The company has developed a comprehensive system that monitors all aspects of the networks which blend new Industry 4.0 connectivity with traditional controls for heavy machinery in factories. As manufacturers rush to install sensors and digitize their production, the cybersecurity industry is warning that they risk creating new vulnerabilities if they don’t take the proper precautions.
“Next year is going to be the first mainstream year for industrial cybersecurity,” says Edgard Capdevielle, Nozomi’s President and CEO. “We have passed the tipping point. People want more integration and a lot more intelligence in their production, which creates more risk. Everyone has to care about security. If it’s connected, it’s exposed.”
Nozomi Networks was originally founded in Switzerland five years ago just as the Internet of Things was beginning to get greater traction among manufacturers and utilities. With Industry 4.0, technologies like sensors and broadband connectivity could provide more precise controls of operations while also generating data that could be analyzed for new insights using emerging artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. This has the potential for big cost savings through greater efficiencies while also possibly enabling new production methods for breakthrough products.
But it didn’t take long for hackers to find the weak links. And so the founders of Nozomi started the company to help plug the cybersecurity holes. Early on, they signed as a customer Enel, the Italian energy conglomerate, who agreed to be a partner in designing the industrial cybersecurity platform, Capdevielle says. Since then, Nozomi has been deployed across Enel energy, mining, and manufacturing systems that are spread across 30 countries, and includes more than 250,000 devices.