Partnership will allow customers to strength security and lower costs thanks to dynamic whitelisting capabilities.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. and RUEIL-MALMAISON, FRANCE, March 18, 2014 — Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, and McAfee partner to provide cybersecurity solutions for the utility and critical infrastructure market. This collaboration will enable Schneider Electric customers to add tested and certified application whitelisting capabilities in the management of core offerings of water, oil & gas, electric networks and transportation infrastructures. This will strengthen 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 partnership with McAfee will allow Schneider Electric customers to combine dynamic whitelisting capabilities and change control technology to ensure that only trusted applications run on critical infrastructure systems. This includes 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 protect critical systems from zero-day attacks, reduce in-field breakage, and keep systems and devices compliant with security standards through patch cycles.
McAfee Embedded Control, Integrity Control & Application Control solutions will increase the safety, availability and reliability of critical infrastructure environments around the world. 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.
“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,” said Cyril Perducat, senior vice president software and digital services transformation, global solutions, Schneider Electric. “This partnership represents an ongoing commitment by both companies in protecting mission-critical communications and networking systems.”
“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 unauthorised changes and access,” said Tom Moore, vice president of worldwide embedded security at McAfee.
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About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations make the most of their energy.
McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), empowers businesses, the public sector, and home users to safely experience the benefits of the Internet. The company delivers proactive and proven security solutions and services for systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world. With its Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, and unique Global Threat Intelligence network, McAfee is relentlessly focused on keeping its customers safe.