UPDATED 22:11 EDT / JUNE 06 2019

SECURITY

Cisco snaps up French ICS cybersecurity provider Sentryo

Cisco Systems Inc. Thursday announced plans to acquire Sentryo SAS, a French provider of cybersecurity solutions for industrial control systems, for an undisclosed price.

Founded in 2014, Sentryo develops and provides cybersecurity and situational awareness solutions that enable corporations to ensure continuity, resilience and safety of their industrial operations. The company’s products do so by providing continuous visibility over ICSs and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition infrastructure to control the risk of cyberattacks.

Sentryo’s main product, ICS CyberVision, allows control engineers to gain complete visibility over all equipment connected to their industrial networks. The service identifies vulnerabilities on those networks and is able to take decisions that can ensure the integrity of those systems.

ICS CyberVision uses a mix of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to allow operational technology managers to gain a real-time understanding of the state of a given industrial facility, analyze alarms and control the security of the infrastructure.

“Sentryo’s industrial IoT/OT technology solution helps companies like those in the energy, manufacturing, oil and gas and transportation sectors ensure the resilience of their industrial networks and protect against cybersecurity attacks,” Rob Salvagno, Cisco vice president of corporate development and Cisco Investments, wrote in a blog post. “By combining Cisco’s intent-based network architecture with Sentryo’s capabilities, customers can capture IoT benefits, manage networks and devices at scale, enable collaboration across IT and OT departments, and better protect their assets and data.”

The two companies have worked together before. CRN noted that Sentryo’s Edge Sensor and Cisco’s industrial networking hardware have previously been integrated within Cisco’s IOx application framework.

The deal follows Cisco’s already extremely long list of acquisitions over many years. Previous Cisco acquisitions in cybersecurity include Duo Security Inc. in August.

Sentryo had raised €12 million ($13.53 million) in venture capital funding. Investors include KREAXI, Alliance Entreprendre, Sopra Steria, ACE Management and Breed Reply.

The acquisition is expected to be completed before the end of Cisco’s fiscal first quarter that closes Oct. 26.

Image: Sentryo

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