NTT Corp, subsidiaries and MHI unveil security tool for network control systems

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NTT Communications, along with parent company NTT Corp and sister company NTT Data, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have launched a new cyber security tool for infrastructure control systems.

InteRSePT, which stands for Integrated Resilient Security and Proactive Technology, offers real-time anomaly detection and response for unknown cyber-attacks which can help users develop safe and secure system operations, NTT said.

It will actively be sold by MHI and NTT from May, with both companies actively developing markets for the technology in commercial fields where continuous availability is critical. This includes thermal power stations and chemical plants.

The two companies have been developing InteRSePT since March 2016, with a prototype completed in November of that year. Tests of the prototype were then conducted at Cyber Lab, MHI’s facility in Tokyo, Japan.

InteRSePT includes real-time network monitoring and a security management system, which monitors sensor information and other data flows within networks. This helps detect cyber-attacks that exploit control commands, offering early detection of anomalies, allowing for quicker responses.

NTT Com’s main role has been the development of technologies related to data accumulation and anomaly detection necessary for market application of the NTT's core technologies, and productisation of security solutions, it said.

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"InteRSePT® is able to provide detailed confirmation of control system networks, and offers exceptional compatibility with a wide range of industrial facilities and devices."

Security has been a key component of NTT Com’s strategy over the last year, with a report from NTT’s security division last year revealing more than six billion cyber-attacks were attempted in 2016. NTT Security recorded the attacks on its client networks spanning six continents, with DDoS attacks up 172% year on year, according to figures from Cisco.

A third of all documented attacks targeted manufacturers and manufacturers appear in the top three targets in five of the six geographic regions globally, said NTT Security.

This led to NTT Com strengthening and expanding its DDoS protection services with the addition of a new detection solution called DPS Detect.

"Network security is one of the top priorities for our company," said Michael Wheeler, EVP of the NTT Communications Global IP Network at NTT America in an interview with Capacity last year. "As DDoS attacks continue to grow in frequency, size and complexity, it is important to give our global IP network customers more solution options and the opportunity to choose the level of support they need."

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