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Schneider Electric and Claroty Launch Building Security Solution

by Helen J. Wolf
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Schneider Electric has announced the launch of Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings, a solution designed to help building customers secure their building management systems (BMS) to protect people, assets, and operations better.

The joint solution with Claroty, the security company for cyber-physical systems in industrial, healthcare, and commercial environments, will combine the organization’s technology with Schneider Electric’s industry expertise and services to identify all facility-wide assets, risk, and vulnerability management capabilities. And provide continuous threat monitoring to protect business investments.

It includes the following steps: asset discovery, risk assessment, remote access control, threat detection, and response, and is designed to provide building owners, facility operators, and security teams a solution that identifies basic risks, continuously mitigating both cyber and asset risks, and identifies and remediates threats in their environment before services are interrupted.

Schneider Electric and Claroty Launch Building Security Solution

The main capabilities include the following:

A vendor-independent solution for facility managers, enabling them to meet secure remote access, asset inventory, efficiency, and other related requirements of building owners and asset managers. Automated asset discovery and mapping solution that identifies and catalogs all system assets (BMS, IoT, UPS, Power Systems, etc.). A continuous threat detection solution that constantly monitors building networks to identify, assess and alert earliest indicators of network and asset level anomalies. Remote, secure tunnels for vendors of smart building assets and systems to connect to and maintain specific resources and investments in the building network without introducing additional risk. Dashboards and reporting capabilities enable management and security teams to understand current situations, receive tailored recommendations, and drive appropriate actions to reduce a building’s exposure to safety, operational, financial, and reputational risks. A secure remote access (SRA) solution designed specifically for buildings and OT environments to increase building security when suppliers, contractors, and technicians perform remote maintenance activities.

According to Schneider Electric, cyber-attacks have damaged several businesses, including critical infrastructure such as hospitals, data centers, and hotels.

The company said the commercial construction industry must find ways to secure its access to its IT systems and mission-critical infrastructure.

Annick Villeneuve, vice president of digital business solutions at Schneider Electric, said: “The integration of IoT in buildings is driving an exciting shift in the industry, but as with any innovation, it also brings new risks.

“For threat actors looking to disrupt operations, profit financially, and achieve other goals while endangering individuals, buildings can seem like the perfect target.

“With this in mind, we are partnering with Claroty to provide our customers with a comprehensive, industry-leading solution that meets the unique security and operational risks facing buildings today and tomorrow.”

As more and more IoT devices are deployed in the building space, and increased connectivity between previously isolated operational technology, building management systems (BMS), and their IT counterparts have made them attractive targets and vulnerable to cyber-attacks, the company said.

In addition, facility managers oversee hundreds of suppliers, service contractors, and engineers in a fragmented manner, increasing complexity and risk.

Claroty vice president of global channels and alliances, Keith Carter, said: “When it comes to securing cyber-physical systems, including BMS, the number one priority is to keep physical processes operational and secure.

“By combining Claroty’s deep domain expertise and purpose-built technology with Schneider Electric’s outstanding services and commitment to driving digital transformation worldwide, we enable our customers to reap the benefits of smart building technologies without increasing their exposure to cyber risk. Step towA step is creating a more efficient, sustainable future for the world.”

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