The Industrial sector often faces unique challenges when it comes to cybersecurity, with more threats targeting critical infrastructure and manufacturing than ever before. The Internet of Things has created new risks as the world and industries within it become increasingly interconnected. Securing the critical infrastructure isn’t just about risk, it’s about retrofitting security into existing facilities—instead of waiting around for next layer of infrastructure to be built.
With these issues in mind, the Siemens Industry Sector and McAfee have extended their partnership in order to help industrial customers defend against ever-evolving global cyber threats. Together with Siemens’ Industrial Security service offerings, we will now be able to provide wide-ranging security solutions and services to our industrial customer base. This partnership with Siemens not only provides access to key devices, labs, and other environments, but also a calculated understanding of the vulnerabilities unique to critical infrastructure.
Building on a joint effort started in 2011, this partnership will help us enhance the critical infrastructure solutions that we currently offer by adding Siemens’ expertise in building, servicing, and managing these critical areas. Along with our next generation firewall, security information and event management (SIEM), and endpoint security solutions, customers will have greater visibility and control of their manufacturing environments.
In addition to this extended partnership, we will also continue to work with Siemens on developing new industrial-focused security products and solutions. These solutions will enhance existing security capabilities by connecting systems on the factory floor to the command center and beyond. As the Internet of Things continues to expand and smart devices infiltrate every level of the manufacturing process, new touch points are created for threats to exploit. Industrial customers will need visibility across the entire company to address these distinct security requirements, and our continued collaboration with Siemens will do just that.
An Information Security team based at company headquarters must to be able to see what is happening at the manufacturing center, as well as the delivery stations all over the world. If a threat enters the system at the factory level, it is crucial to be able to identify and stop it before any damage is caused. Security must be built in, not bolted on, and together with Siemens we will be able to offer customers security by design across multiple industrial systems.
For more information, check out this video from McAfee Executive Vice President and CTO, Mike Fey on the benefits of this extended partnership. Additionally, visit the Siemens industrial security portfolio here.
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