Darktrace and Siemens have entered a strategic partnership to provide modern cyber defence solutions for operational technology (OT) to the oil and gas industry and electric utilities.

The partnership will leverage Darktrace’s industrial immune system and Siemens’ domain OT security expertise to provide its clients with improved detection and responsive ability to cyber-attacks.

Darktrace CEO Nicole Eagan said: “As OT environments become more digital, they open a new and glaring vulnerability in organisations of all sizes.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Siemens to fast-track the delivery of our globally recognised Industrial Immune System to additional customers in utilities and the oil and gas industry.”

Darktrace said that the oil and gas industry is becoming digital to increase efficiency and revenues, which in turn requires the companies to identify cyber-threats at their earliest stages to secure their operations.

“Darktrace will give customers actionable insights and intelligence to be faster in identifying and neutralising those threats, protecting critical assets from harmful and costly attacks.”

Siemens Power Generation Services controls and digitalisation senior vice-president Aymeric Sarrazin said: “As energy infrastructure becomes increasingly data-driven, it is critical for operators to quickly detect and disrupt cyber-threats.

“Through this strategic collaboration, Siemens and Darktrace will give customers actionable insights and intelligence to be faster in identifying and neutralising those threats, protecting critical assets from harmful and costly attacks.”

Darktrace’s industrial immune system platform uses machine learning and probabilistic mathematics to identify and remediate in-progress cyber-threats at the initial stages.

The solution assesses the ‘pattern of life’ for every network, device, and user across both OT and IT networks to detect and prevent cyber threats in real-time.

Under this partnership, Siemens will provide its knowledge and solutions for OT cyber.

The company will also assist Darktrace in security programme design, security lifecycle management, plant security monitoring as well as incident response.