Honeywell has announced the latest release of its Forge Cybersecurity Suite that includes several enhancements to help ensure business continuity in the face of mounting cyberthreats, uncertain global business conditions and continued supply chain disruption associated with remote operations.

The release incorporates new features such as enhanced industrial-grade remote access, increased asset discovery capabilities with active and passive functionality and improved cybersecurity risk monitoring.

The enhancements come as more industrial organisations are embracing remote operations to effectively manage facilities with reduced numbers of onsite personnel due to current safety restrictions. A Honeywell report indicates that the severity of cyber threats detected to operational technology (OT) systems has risen by significant amounts in a 12-month period.

Increasing protection and productivity

“As more operators of critical infrastructure and facilities move to support remote work, they’re increasingly vulnerable to cybersecurity issues,” Jeff Zindel, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Connected Enterprise Cybersecurity, said. “The Honeywell Forge Cybersecurity Suite helps customers increase productivity by providing the next level of protection required for more secure remote operations and better securing operational technology environments with asset discovery, inventory and continuous monitoring, as well as risk and compliance management.”

Honeywell Forge Cybersecurity Suite provides users with a single dashboard to centralise security operations and asset security management. It simplifies, strengthens, and scales security operations for asset-intensive businesses facing evolving cybersecurity threats. It can improve performance at a single site or across an enterprise by increasing cyber risk visibility while also decreasing cybersecurity management inefficiencies.

Cybersecurity teams can provide and manage remote access to vendors with greater security and ease, allowing these teams to better monitor cyber risks and operational health inside their environments.