Electronic Products & Technology

Rockwell Automation to acquire Avnet Data Security

Acquisition will enhance Rockwell Automation’s ability to deliver IT/OT cybersecurity services globally

January 14, 2020  EP&T Magazine

Rockwell Automation Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire privately held Avnet Data Security Ltd., an Israeli-based cybersecurity provider with more than 20-years of experience providing cybersecurity services. Avnet offers a full set of IT/OT cyber services and solutions ranging from assessments, penetration testing, network & security solutions, and training to converged IT/OT managed services. 

“Avnet’s combination of service delivery, training, research, and managed services will enable us to service a much larger set of customers globally while also continuing to accelerate our portfolio development in this rapidly developing market,” says Frank Kulaszewicz, senior VP control products & solutions at Rockwell Automation.

Manufacturing has evolved to become more connected than ever before

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing parts of Rockwell Automation’s services business. As the manufacturing industry has evolved and become more connected than ever before, legacy physical security strategies are no longer enough to protect production operations. To help our customers develop, maintain, and evolve proactive cybersecurity strategies, Rockwell Automation provides a comprehensive set of services and solutions. The extensive knowledge and experience of the Avnet team will support Rockwell Automation’s strategic objective to achieve double digit growth in Information Solutions and Connected Services by expanding our IT/OT cyber and network expertise globally.

“We are excited to join Rockwell Automation to further expand their already robust cyber offering,” adds Igal Cohen, CEO of Avnet. “We are continuing to serve our existing clients while expanding our reach to service a much broader range of customers. Our passion and mission have always been to help as many organizations as possible secure their data from internal and external threats.”


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