07/06/2019 – News / Cyber Security / Sepio Systems / Johnson Controls / US

Sepio Systems partners with Johnson Controls to mitigate hardware-based attacks

Cybersecurity expert Sepio Systems is gaining momentum in the US after adding an important new customer and channel partner – the Integrated Security Solutions business unit of Johnson Controls. The company has also recently strengthened its advisory board.

Sepio offers the world's first end-to-end solution that detects and mitigates hardware-based attacks, including rogue peripherals, invisible network devices, and manipulated firmware. The company’s software-only solution Sepio Prime has been successfully deployed in over 20 mid-sized to large banks, insurance, and telecom companies across the US, Singapore, Brazil and Israel. The deal with Johnson Controls is bringing the technology to additional sectors. 

 

Sophisticated intelligence and hardware fingerprinting tech

 

In recent months, Tyco Integrated Security – now part of Johnson Controls – has been installing Sepio’s Rogue Device Mitigation solution on the premises of its customers. 

 

Sepio Prime helps Johnson Controls’ customers utilise sophisticated intelligence and hardware fingerprinting technology that is capable of rapidly and accurately detecting manipulated peripherals, transparent network devices and firmware vulnerabilities. 

 

Unprecedented rise in cyber-attacks and data breaches

 

The growing interest in Sepio’s product is the result of an unprecedented rise in cyber-attacks and data breaches caused by the ease of obtaining attacks tools that were until recently only available to governments.

 

“Johnson Controls is a leading systems integrator in the security field and our connection with them will open up a new market for us,” predicts Yossi Appleboum, CEO of Sepio Systems Inc. Until recently Sepio had mainly focused on the finance and telecom sectors, but Mr Appleboum notes that the “partnership with Johnson Controls and their network now exposes Sepio’s technology to hundreds of new clients in the North American market.” 

 

Tyco Integrated Security was acquired and integrated into Johnson Controls – a global leader in the field of intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions and integrated infrastructure – in 2016.

 

Enhanced advisory board

 

As part of Sepio’s effort to expand its US presence, Suzan Zimmerman has joined the company’s advisory board. Zimmerman has worked in senior positions for numerous companies in the IT field including CACI International Inc., QinetiO North America Inc. and Science Applications International.

 

“It is an honour to be part of an organisation whose focus is protecting our mission critical systems. As our cyber threats become more complex, we must become more vigilant in evaluating the severity of the consequences, should we not be able to detect the intrusion at the source,” said Zimmerman. “With Sepio's technology implemented into corporate and governmental cyber tool kits, the protection of the agencies’ information will increase exponentially.”

 

Zimmerman is the President and CEO of Strategic Capture Group, which focuses on helping companies to market, capture and win business in the government sector.

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