Schneider Electric, McAfee in cybersecurity deal
Riyadh, April 10, 2014
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has partnered with McAfee to provide cybersecurity solutions for the utility and critical infrastructure market.
Under the deal, Schneider Electric’s customers can add tested and certified application whitelisting capabilities in the management of core offerings of water, oil and gas, electric networks and transportation infrastructures.
It is aimed at strengthening customers’ operations technology (OT) security and lower ownership costs without significantly impacting the performance of critical solutions.
The supported portfolio of products includes leading Scada and energy management solutions.
The deal will help Schneider Electric customers to change control technology to ensure only trusted applications are run on critical infrastructure systems.
It will include being able to monitor and manage changes to mitigate malicious or accidental system modifications, preventing execution of unauthorised code and many common malware on their systems.
These capabilities will protect critical systems from zero-day attacks, reduce in-field breakage and keep systems and devices complaint with security standards through patch cycles.
McAfee Embedded Control, Integrity Control & Application Control solutions will increase the safety, availability and reliability of critical infrastructure environment. The combination of both companies’ capabilities will enable customers to enforce change policy and provide comprehensive and automated audit capabilities for Industrial Control System environments.
Cyril Perducat, senior vice president software and digital services transformation, Global Solutions, Schneider Electric, said: “The expansion of our security offer to incorporate McAfee whitelisting capabilities enables Schneider Electric to serve our customers more effectively using a modern and secure critical infrastructure environment”
Tom Moore, vice president of worldwide embedded security at McAfee, said: “By combining expertise and technology innovations from both Schneider Electric and McAfee, we will enhance the cybersecurity posture of critical infrastructure customers by providing dynamic whitelisting and ensuring that only approved applications will run, preventing unauthorized changes and access.” - TradeArabria News Service