Supply Side: IntelliTrans, FourKites, Cylus

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
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IntelliTrans and FourKates are listed in Gartner's® 2023 Magic Quadrant™ for Real-Time Transportation Visibility Platforms (RTTVPs). Also, Cylus expands its vision and cybersecurity platform with the launch of its Rail Security Platform.

IntelliTrans, a global provider of multi-modal supply chain and logistics solutions for bulk and break-bulk product manufacturers, and real-time supply chain visibility company FourKites, announced that they have placed in the 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ RTTVPs.

Magic Quadrant reports are “a culmination of rigorous, fact-based research in specific markets, providing a wide-angle view of the relative positions of the providers in markets where growth is high and provider differentiation is distinct.” Providers are positioned into four quadrants: Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players. The research enables readers to “get the most from market analysis aligned with their unique business and technology needs,” according to the company.

Gartner® named IntelliTrans a Niche Player for its Global Visibility Platform. The evaluation was based on specific criteria that analyzed the company’s “overall completeness of vision and ability to execute.”

“IntelliTrans Global Visibility Platform is a powerful and comprehensive visibility platform which brings value to customers through automated business processes that streamline operations, reduce costs, and improve customer service,” said IntelliTrans President Ken Sherman. “The IntelliTrans Global Visibility Platform is purpose-built to bring supply chain visibility and execution seamlessly across truck, rail, barge, and ocean transportation modes to its global clients in the petrochemical, metal and mining, agriculture, forest product, building materials, and energy industries.”

For the third consecutive year, Gartner® has named FourKites a Leader for both the company’s “ability to execute and completeness of vision.” Nine vendors were evaluated for the report.

“2022 was a year of tremendous growth and acceleration of our business,” said FourKites CEO and founder Mathew Elenjickal. “In addition to growing our shipper and carrier base around the world, we have forged strategic partnerships with industry titans, grown our C-suite with seasoned executives, and continued to innovate with our customers to add meaningful business value to their most critical pain points. We’re proud to be recognized as a Leader yet again by Gartner.”

Rail cyber-solutions company Cylus announced May 22 that it has expanded its vision and cybersecurity platform with the launch of a new category called the Rail Tech Security Platform, “custom-built for rail operators, easily integrated, with unrivaled visibility and state of the art analytical capabilities for rail systems.”

The Rail Tech Security Platform, which has been designed to “provide rail operators with the context and guidance to proactively monitor and manage cybersecurity and risk across the company’s operational rail technology environments,” includes:

  • “Visibility and protection of an increasingly expanded list of Rail Tech systems and applications empowering cybersecurity, rail operations, and maintenance teams.
  • “New cybersecurity capabilities and risk management enhancements delivering ever increasing value with risk-based prioritization of observed threats and vulnerabilities, and customized threat mitigation guidance based on real-time forensics data.
  • “Expanded array of security and operations technology integrations providing deep rail context and context-aware recommendations throughout the organization.”

The number of attacks launched on critical infrastructure by nation state groups doubled in the past year, according to the 2022 Microsoft Digital Defense Report. The rail sector, Cylus says, is just as exposed to this trend as other industries. As a result, analysts predict that by 2026, three quarters of operators will demand cybersecurity providers have specific vertical market knowledge to counter the evolving threat landscape. “Employing generic security solutions may provide some cover, but ultimately if the tool isn’t fit for purpose, it can lead to more work for operations teams than it saves,” the company said.

“The cybersecurity challenge in rail is pervasive, unique, and complex to handle,” said Cylus CEO and Co-Founder Amir Levintal. “Cyber risk is now recognized as business risk, and cybersecurity and safety are inextricably linked. The industry must invest in specialist solutions which can both defend this unique infrastructure as well as help sustain business growth. Cylus’ Rail Tech Security Platform is redefining the market. Our expanded, completely passive, multi-feature security platform integrates seamlessly with existing rail operations and cybersecurity systems for unparalleled visibility and protection. As rail operators realize the necessity for deploying customized security, our solution is ahead of the curve, ready to predict, monitor, and counter threats immediately, working within any rail system no matter its architecture.”

“We’re seeing more companies in other sectors take on more bespoke cyber-solutions—companies which have the industry expertise and appropriately engineered tools to address extremely specific issues,” said Cylus CTO and Co-Founder Miki Shifman. “In the rail sector, Cylus set the standard for rail cybersecurity, and we’re now redefining the market once again. Being fluent in cyber solutions with an extensive understanding of the rail sector, we have expanded our platform for rail operators to combat sophisticated cybercriminals. Helping rail operators minimize risk, enhance cybersecurity measures, and enable regulatory compliance, our platform eases manual workloads while assuring optimal protection for Rail Tech environments. Cylus’ Rail Tech Security Platform is paramount to address the emerging risks presented in unique rail systems, and we will continue working with industry to ensure no track is left unmonitored or unprotected.”

In related news, Cylus teamed up with Belden in 2022 on a rail cybersecurity platform for rolling stock and signaling systems. The platform brings together Belden’s EAGLE40-6M, an industrial firewall (NGFW), and CylusOne cybersecurity software that provides continuous monitoring and real-time protection for rolling stock and rail infrastructure.

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