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Symantec looks to secure critical infrastructure

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Symantec announced a new USB scanning station that’s aimed at securing business-critical infrastructure. Called Industrial Control System Protection (ICSP) Neural, the offering looks to prevent ‘devastating physical consequences of cyberattacks on operational technology’.

The security company argues that many organisations use legacy systems which are often outdated and quite difficult to secure with traditional security solutions. It says that most companies update their systems through USB devices, which opens up a sea of infection opportunities.

Announcing the new offering, Symantec says 50 per cent of scanned USB devices are infected with malware. Its new solution employs the strengths of artificial intelligence (AI) to detect and remove malware on USB devices.

The process itself is simple and requires no previous knowledge or training. Just connect the device, and the ICSP Neural will emit visualisations and real-time signals through the LED light ring, which indicates if there’s any malware detected or removed.

“USB devices are given away at events, shared between co-workers, and reused again and again for business and personal use, introducing the risk of accidental or malicious infection. The impact of connecting an infected device to a critical system can be devastating,” said Patrick Gardner, senior vice president, advanced threat protection and email security, Symantec. 

“Behind the scenes, ICSP Neural retrofits existing infrastructure with a central nervous system utilizing artificial intelligence to protect critical infrastructure. On the front end, a rugged aluminium design embodies a simple, intuitive user experience that clearly highlights potential threats.”

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Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.