Cynalytica, Cyber-AI Hub to apply AI to industrial control systems cybersecurity at CSIT  - The EE

Cynalytica, Cyber-AI Hub to apply AI to industrial control systems cybersecurity at CSIT 

Cynalytica Inc., a provider of industrial cybersecurity solutions, has announced a partnership with the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland and its Cyber-AI Hub, an initiative of CSIT supported by UK government funding.

As part of the partnership, Cynalytica will collaborate with CSIT and its Cyber-AI Hub on projects to develop and apply AI and machine learning techniques to enhance the cyber-physical security of industrial control systems (ICS) for national critical infrastructure. The Cyber-AI Hub is a research facility that brings together industry, academia, and government to collaborate on cybersecurity research and development in Northern Ireland.

ICS/SCADA and OT systems control the essential operational processes for critical services such as power grids, water treatment plants, and manufacturing facilities. They are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, which can have potentially devastating consequences. 

Kieran McLaughlin, CSIT, Queen’s University Belfast comments, “With Industrial Control Systems globally becoming more and more digitally connected, their security is vital for our society. Over the past few years, Cynalytica has provided valuable industrial context to our research in this area. We are excited to explore a collaborative project with Cynalytica through CSIT’s Cyber-AI Hub, which will bring new AI-enabled techniques to the cyber security industry.”

Cynalytica joins the Cyber-AI Hub’s roster of 8 industry partners, which includes companies in cybersecurity and AI, developing products that service a global export market and represent a diversity of products in the cybersecurity market.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with CSIT and its Cyber-AI Hub to advance in ICS cybersecurity”, says Richard Robinson, CEO at Cynalytica. “AI is transforming every industry and being able to better understand what applications and impacts AI will have for machine-to-machine communications is necessary. The combination of CSIT’s expertise in cybersecurity and cutting-edge research capabilities make them the ideal partners for us to help answer these questions and help develop innovative solutions to protect critical infrastructure.”

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