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Schneider Electric, BitSight partner to improve security for industrial edge systems

Schneider Electric, BitSight partner to improve security for industrial edge systems

Schneider Electric and BitSight have partnered to improve cybersecurity resilience in the operational technology (OT) sector. The companies will protect industrial edge assets using a jointly created threat intelligence capability that can identify assets and deployments prone to attacks or security flaws.

Schneider Electric and BitSight are focusing on detecting OT protocols exposed over the internet. This development is in response to the increased willingness of hackers to target industrial and operational sites.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Schneider Electric on this critically important initiative better to manage the cyber risk of Internet-connected OT systems,” said Stephen Boyer, the co-founder and CTO at BitSight. “Both BitSight and Schneider Electric share the mission of creating trust in the digital economy by improving cybersecurity protection across all interconnected business types and industries.”

Schneider Electric is a process and energy technology provider offering integrated solutions for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries. BitSight is a security ratings platform that provides algorithms to help organizations manage their security performance, mitigate third-party risk and assess risk through daily security ratings from 250 to 900.

By combining Schneider Electric’s expertise in OT protocols and systems and BitSight’s exposure detection and management capabilities, organizations will have access to essential insights for safeguarding their external risks, the companies say.

This new partnership enables vendors in the industry to share data to improve risk detection and attribution capabilities. This process will help identify areas of risk concentration and reduce overall operational risks.

“With the enriched data and insight collected by BitSight, Schneider Electric is developing an OT threat intelligence capability to notify and work with customers who have exposed assets or insecure Internet-facing deployments,” stated Christophe Blassiau, the SVP of cybersecurity & global CISO at Schneider Electric.

Schneider Electric and BitSight are also encouraging other vendors to join their partnership to help build a global threat intelligence system for OT security.

“Operational technology systems are often exposed and vulnerable to attackers who can exploit them through connected devices and converging networks,” added Boyer.

Schneider Electric recently unveiled new additions to its EcoStruxure Micro Data Center line to satisfy the growing requirements of IT personnel and solution providers. The company says the R-Series 42U Medium Density Micro Data Center solution provides a comprehensive and convenient turnkey resolution for the expedited deployment of enterprise applications.

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