Rockwell Automation to Acquire Avnet to Expand Cybersecurity Expertise and Services

By Craig Resnick

Acquisition or Partnership

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

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing parts of Rockwell Automation’s services business.  As the manufacturing industry has evolved and becomes more connected, legacy physical security strategies are no longer enough to protect production operations.  To help customers develop, maintain, and evolve proactive cybersecurity strategies, Rockwell Automation provides a comprehensive set of services and solutions. 

The transaction is expected to close in early 2020 subject to customary approvals and conditions, and it is not expected to have a material impact on Rockwell Automation’s 2020 financial results.

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