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GE Acquiring Wurldtech to Expand Critical Infrastructure Cyber Protection

Acquisition of Wurldtech Will Help GE Advance Cyber Security Efforts for Critical Infrastructure and Operations Technology

General Electric (GE) announced on Friday that is has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wurldtech Security Technologies, a privately held provider of cyber security solutions designed to protect critical infrastructure.

The move to acquire Vancouver, British Columbia-based Wurldtech is part of GE’s efforts to help protect critical infrastructure for key industries from cyber-based threats.

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Wurldtech’s technology and services help critical infrastructure and industrial companies assess, protect and certify products used in environments such as oil refineries, power transmission grids or for individual assets like medical devices or smart meters.

The Wurldtech brand will remain and operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of GE.

“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,” said Bill Ruh, vice president, GE Software.

“At GE, 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. The acquisition of Wurldtech is a perfect fit for addressing all of these big challenges.”

"We are excited about the opportunity to be part of GE and continuing to develop our strategy to provide best in class cyber security protection solutions for critical infrastructure markets,” said Wurldtech CEO Neil McDonnell. “We look forward to accelerating key programs as we advance cyber security for system operators and device manufacturers across the industry.”

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

In March, Lockheed Martin, the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the U.S. Government, announced that it would acquire Industrial Defender, a provider of cyber security solutions for control systems in the oil and gas, utility and chemical industries. 

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.