IBM (NYSE: IBM) has introduced a service offering to help private infrastructure companies adopt cybersecurity guidelines released by the White House last week.
IBM designed the Industrials Controls Cybersecurity Consulting service for organizations to create a road map for bolstering network defenses and preventing attacks on physical assets, the company said Thursday.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology unveiled a final version of the voluntary cybersecurity framework Wednesday after a year-long collaboration between industry and the federal government.
“There is a growing need to apply advanced security to our increasingly interconnected critical infrastructure like power facilities, electrical grids, industrial manufacturing operations and others, ” said Kris Lovejoy, general manager for IBM’s security services business.
“If organizations take the steps outlined in the framework, they’ll be better positioned to protect themselves and their practices, ” Lovejoy added.
IBM’s consultancy will work to help customers assess their enterprise security postures and follow guidelines listed in the NIST guidance, the company says.
An IBM survey of more than 4, 000 clients have cited manufacturing, finance, information and communication, healthcare and retail as sectors reporting large numbers of cybersecurity incidents.