Rockwell strengthens Church & Dwight security

  • March 19, 2024
  • Steve Rogerson

New Jersey-based consumer goods company Church & Dwight has turned to Rockwell Automation to strengthen its cyber-security programme.

Church & Dwight chose Rockwell specifically to help build resiliency and reduce risks in its operational technology (OT) manufacturing security practices.

The number of cyber attacks against manufacturing and critical infrastructure continues to rise. A recent report found critical manufacturing was one of the most frequently attacked verticals in the OT and industrial control system (ICS) sector.

With several global consumer brands under its umbrella, Church & Dwight recognised the critical impact and importance of a strong OT security posture and enlisted Rockwell. The goal was to gain a deeper understanding of its manufacturing risk profile by identifying critical assets, vulnerabilities and security gaps. After examining and prioritising risk, Rockwell collaborated with Church & Dwight to develop a remediation roadmap, new security policies and other measures to reduce risks.

“We selected Rockwell Automation because we were looking for a new partner to help us uplevel our OT and manufacturing security posture,” said David Ortiz, chief information security officer at Church & Dwight. “We knew we needed the best of the best who understood our vision. Throughout our work with Rockwell Automation on our OT cyber-security programme, we’ve gained a thorough understanding of our cyber-security landscape and the tools needed.”

Mark Cristiano, commercial director at Rockwell, added: “At Rockwell Automation, we firmly believe in helping organisations recognise the importance of OT cyber security. Over the course of our partnership with Church & Dwight, we have implemented new security controls and processes and have already seen a dramatic shift in the company’s OT practices. We are proud to leverage our best-in-class partnerships to help Church & Dwight achieve its cyber-security goals.”

As a long-time Rockwell customer, Church & Dwight expanded its partnership in 2020 to advance its manufacturing cyber-security programme. Since then, Church & Dwight has achieved its cyber-security objectives in mitigating risks and understanding its OT landscape. Once threat detection capabilities were in place, it implemented continuous monitoring through managed OT services from Rockwell. These services integrate and support its current IT security operations centre, bridging the gap between IT and OT networks, and mitigating cyber risks across the enterprise.

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Church & Dwight (, founded in 1846, is a US producer of sodium bicarbonate, popularly known as baking soda. The company manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household and specialty products.

Rockwell Automation ( specialises in industrial automation and secure digital transformation. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 29,000 people serving customers in more than 100 countries.