Church & Dwight selects Rockwell Automation to increase manufacturing cybersecurity resilience

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Rockwell Automation Inc. has been selected by Church & Dwight Co., Inc. to strengthen the consumer goods company’s cybersecurity program.

Church & Dwight chose Rockwell specifically to help build resiliency and minimise risks in its operational technology (OT) manufacturing security practices.

The number of cyberattacks against manufacturing and critical infrastructure continues to rise. A recent report found critical manufacturing was one of the most frequently attacked verticals in the OT/industrial control system (ICS) sector. 

With several global consumer brands under its umbrella, Church & Dwight recognized the critical impact and importance of a strong OT security posture and enlisted Rockwell. 

The goal was to gain a deeper understanding of its manufacturing risk profile by identifying critical assets, vulnerabilities and security gaps. After examining and prioritising risk, Rockwell collaborated with Church & Dwight to develop a remediation roadmap, new security policies, and other measures to minimise risks. 

“We selected Rockwell Automation because we were looking for a new partner to help us uplevel our OT and manufacturing security posture. We knew we needed the best of the best who understood our vision,” said David Ortiz, chief information security officer (CISO) at Church & Dwight. 

“Throughout our work with Rockwell Automation on our OT cybersecurity program, we’ve gained a thorough understanding of our cybersecurity landscape and the tools needed.”

“At Rockwell Automation, we firmly believe in helping organisations recognise the importance of OT cybersecurity,” said Mark Cristiano, global commercial director at Rockwell. 

"Over the course of our partnership with Church & Dwight, we have implemented new security controls and processes and have already seen a dramatic shift in the company's OT practices. We are proud to leverage our best-in-class partnerships to help Church & Dwight achieve its cybersecurity goals.”

As a longtime Rockwell Industrial Solutions customer, Church & Dwight expanded its partnership in 2020 to advance its Manufacturing Cybersecurity Program initiative. Since then, Church & Dwight has achieved its cybersecurity objectives in mitigating risks and understanding its OT landscape. 

Once threat detection capabilities were in place, Church & Dwight implemented continuous monitoring through managed OT services from Rockwell. These managed services integrate and support Church & Dwight’s current IT Security Operations Center, bridging the gap between IT and OT networks, and mitigating cyber risks across the enterprise.

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