Schneider Electric expands cybersecurity capabilities with new partnership

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SANTA CLARA, CA, and RUEIL-MALMAISON, FRANCE, March 19, 2014 -- A new partnership between Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, and McAfee, part of Intel Security, aims to provide cybersecurity solutions for the utility and critical infrastructure markets as a means to strengthen customers' operations technology (OT) security and lower ownership costs without significantly impacting the performance of critical solutions.

This collaboration will enable Schneider Electric customers to add tested and certified application whitelisting capabilities in the management of core offerings of water infrastructures, as well as oil & gas, electric networks and transportation. 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 unauthorized code and many common malware on their systems.

Accordingly, 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.

See also:

"High-Tech Threats: Top Cybersecurity Issues Facing Water Utility Control Systems"

"U.S. Cybersecurity Framework development underway in NIST workshops"

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 organizations make the most of their energy. For more information, visit www.schneider-electric.com

About McAfee
McAfee, part of Intel Security and a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corp. (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. For more information, visit www.mcafee.com

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