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Schneider Electric to strengthen cybersecurity with new strategic partnership

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Schneider Electric, a leader in automation, has signed a global partnership agreement with Nozomi Networks, to protect manufacturing clients against the escalating risk of cyber attacks.

Nozomi Networks is a global leader in industrial cybersecurity and operational visibility.

Under the terms of the agreement, Schneider Electric will collaborate with Nozomi to provide customers in the industrial manufacturing and critical infrastructure segments advanced anomaly detection and other cybersecurity solutions and services.

Clients will be given a vulnerability assessment to help them control, prevent and mitigate cyber risks.

“By adding Nozomi Networks to our family of partners, we strengthen our ability to help customers understand and eliminate risks and threats to their operations and assets, while reducing potential impact on their business success,” said Nathalie Marcotte, senior vice president, Industry Services and Cybersecurity, Schneider Electric.

Marcotte said cybersecurity can no longer be an afterthought.

“There’s too much at stake, financially and operationally.

Aggressive response

The partnership enables Schneider Electric to respond more aggressively to immediate demand for effective, operational technology cybersecurity services, solutions and expertise in oil and gas, power, building automation and other industrial sectors.

Schneider Electric will offer Nozomi Networks’ advanced solutions for industrial control system cyber resiliency and real-time operational visibility to customers worldwide.

Schneider Electric will combine its EcoStruxure IIoT process automation and industrial control solutions with Nozomi’s SCADAguardian platform for real-time operations visibility.

EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. It leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at Every Level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics and Services.

EcoStruxure has been deployed in more than 480,000 sites, with the support of over 20,000 system integrators and developers. It connects more than 1.6 million assets under management.

Live threat scenarios

With Nozomi’s SCADAguardian now live in Schneider Electric sites customers can experience Nozomi Networks’ real-time operational visibility and cybersecurity solutions via live threat scenarios running in Schneider Electric sites globally.

“SCADAguardian is the most comprehensive, scalable and mature product in its category,” says Edgard Capdevielle, chief executive officer, Nozomi Networks. 

“Our partnership with Schneider Electric accelerates our joint efforts to further protect global infrastructure while helping to improve the safety, efficiency, reliability and profitability of the world’s most critical operations.”

Nathalie Marcotte said the partnership strengthens Schneider Electric’s commitment to a defence-in-depth approach that prevents and minimises cyberattacks and creates a multi-layered, multi-technology strategy to safeguard critical systems.

“The digital enterprise requires a holistic security approach that not only provides safeguards, but continually assesses, manages and monitors business and operating systems, which Nozomi Networks’ solutions do seamlessly,” Marcotte said.

“Addressing cybersecurity head on can’t be limited to a single company, segment or region.

“That is why we are committed to being open, transparent and collaborative when it comes to helping global industry prevent and respond to cyberattacks.

“As this partnership shows, we will continue to collaborate with industry leaders who have the technology, expertise and unique skills required to secure and protect our customers’ people, production and profits.” 

For more information about Schneider Electric's cybersecurity services, visit schneider-electric.com/cybersecurity.  

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