Schneider Electric and Claroty enhance building security

Schneider Electric and Claroty have launched a new solution to help buildings owners secure their building management systems (BMS)

Schneider Electric has launched a joint solution with Claroty called Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings, which aims to help all building customers secure their building management systems (BMS) to protect their people, assets and operations. 

The companies will combine Claroty’s technology with Schneider Electric’s industry expertise and services to identify all facility-wide assets, deliver risk and vulnerability management capabilities, and provide continuous threat monitoring to protect enterprise investments.

Implementing technology to create smart buildings

As businesses modernise their systems, IoT technology for buildings is expected to grow from an existing 1.7 billion connected devices at the end of 2020 to over 3 billion by 2025

As these buildings evolve into smart buildings, they are increasing their exposure to risks. The building sector needs to find ways to safeguard both its access to the company’s IT systems as well as its mission-critical infrastructure.

“The integration of IoT in buildings is sparking an exciting shift across the sector, but like with any innovation, it also presents new risks. For threat actors looking to disrupt operations, benefit financially and/or achieve other objectives, and in so doing to put individuals at risk, buildings can appear to be the perfect target. It is with this in mind that we are partnering with Claroty to bring our customers a comprehensive, industry-leading solution that meets the unique security and operational risks facing buildings of today and of the future,” said Annick Villeneuve, Vice President Digital Enterprise Solutions, Schneider Electric.

Reducing cyber risks

As more and more IoT devices are deployed within the buildings 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 cyberattacks. 

The Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings includes: asset discovery, risk assessment, remote access control, threat detection and response. It will give building owners, facility operators and security teams a simple solution without adding further workload which identifies baseline risks, continually reduces both cyber and asset risks, and identifies and remediates threats in their environment before services are interrupted.

“When it comes to securing cyber-physical systems, including BMS, the number one priority is to keep physical processes operational and safe. By fusing Claroty’s deep domain expertise and purpose-built technology with Schneider Electric’s renowned services and commitment to driving digital transformation globally, we are empowering our customers to reap the benefits of smart building technologies without increasing their exposure to cyber risk, thereby taking a profound step toward creating a more efficient, sustainable future for the world,”  said Keith Carter, Vice President of Worldwide Channels and Alliances, Claroty.

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