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Operant Networks Emerges From Stealth With SASE Solution for Energy OT

Operant Networks has emerged from stealth mode with $3.8 million in seed funding and a secure access service edge (SASE) solution focused on operational technology (OT) in the energy sector.

The Santa Rosa, California-based company provides machine-to-machine communications and its goal is to help energy organizations with their networking and cybersecurity requirements.

Operant NetworksOperant Networks says its SASE solution for OT is ideal for organizations with a growing number of various edge devices, with data and communications both locally and in the cloud, with remote device connectivity requirements, and with secure communication needs.

The company’s SASE solution uses named data networking for resilience, security and observability. In addition, it applies zero trust architecture principles to each data packet for an additional level of security that does not impact network performance.

“We hear similar pain-points from customers connecting to industrial field equipment, regardless of asset type or industry. Traditional solutions force customers to choose between reliability, security, and cost. The inevitable result is poorly performing projects, and inflated network and cyber response teams struggling to keep up.” said Operant Networks CEO Keith Rose.

The company’s seed funding round was led by Constellation Technology Ventures, with participation from Thin Line Capital and Marin Sonoma Impact Ventures.

Operant Networks was founded in 2016 and it has been developing its products with funding from the US Department of Energy and the Air Force.

It claims to have already deployed its networking and cybersecurity solutions to over 3GW of critical infrastructure in the energy sector.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.