Bill Ruh: GE Makes Critical Infrastucture Security Push Through WurldTech Acquisition

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General Electric (NYSE: GE) has agreed to purchase Vancouver-based cybersecurity firm Wurldtech for an undisclosed sum in a bid to help critical infrastructure operators address vulnerabilities in their systems.

Wurldtech offers professional services and technology platforms that work to secure electric transmission grids, oil refineries, smart metering systems and medical devices, GE said Friday.

“We are focused on software platform security, protecting critical infrastructure and helping to ensure the reliability of Industrial Internet operations for our customers and industries, ” said Bill Ruh, vice president of GE Software.

GE made a related push for its Industrial Internet portfolio in April when it agreed to buy healthcare software maker CHCA Computer Systems for an undisclosed sum.

“The world of OT security needs to be foundationally different from traditional IT detection systems. Securing connected machines has a unique set of complexities that are very different from protecting a datacenter, ” Ruh said.

“We look forward to accelerating key programs as we advance cyber security for system operators and device manufacturers across the industry, ” said Neil McDonnell, Wurldtech CEO.

GE says Wurldtech’s certification programs are designed to validate industrial security measures and help operators meet compliance requirements.

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