Claroty and Schneider improve global cybersecurity


By ECD (Electrical+Comms+Data) Staff
Monday, 21 August, 2017


Schneider Electric and Claroty have formed a partnership to work on safety and cybersecurity challenges for global industrial infrastructure.

The agreement will see Claroty’s real-time OT/ICS network monitoring and detection system marketed to Schneider Electric customers via its Collaborative Automation Partner Program (CAPP).

The Claroty platform proactively protects industrial control systems and continuously monitors industrial networks for cyber threats. With secure remote access, asset owners can employ policies to control remote employee and third-party access to critical systems, and record the sessions.

Continuous threat detection creates a detailed inventory of industrial network assets, identifies misconfigurations, monitors traffic between assets and finds anomalies that may indicate the presence of a malicious actor. Context rich alerts provide plant and security personnel with actionable insights for efficient investigation, response and recovery.

“At Schneider Electric we recognise the urgent need to assist our customers in enhancing their safety and cybersecurity programs,” said David Doggett, senior director of Cybersecurity, Industry Business at Schneider Electric.

“One way we are addressing this need is through partnering with Claroty to provide real-time network monitoring and anomaly detection.”

A key characteristic of the Claroty platform is its ability to explore the deepest level of industrial network protocols without adversely impacting the system. This enables end users to safely identify anomalies while protecting complex and sensitive industrial networks. Traditional IT security software often uses active queries or requires a footprint on the network, which can ultimately disrupt operations. However, the Claroty platform uses a passive-monitoring approach to safely inspect traffic without the risk of disruption.

Schneider Electric and Claroty have conducted rigorous testing to validate solution interoperability. Claroty is a key partner for network security monitoring system within CAPP. CAPP enables Schneider Electric to offer complete business solutions by integrating innovative technologies developed by its partner ecosystem into its own offerings.

This partnership adds a key component to Schneider Electric’s end-to-end cybersecurity offerings by protecting its connected products and edge control offerings within the company’s EcoStruxure architecture.

“Passive network intrusion detection techniques are critical for applications where system availability is paramount,” said Doggett.

“Claroty’s platform can strengthen solutions against known cyber attacks that have bypassed existing boundary protections. The technology can also alert network operators about novel attack vectors or attacks initiated by rogue insiders using existing tools and credentials.”

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