Schneider Electric launches cyber solution to bolster asset protection
Schneider Electric has announced the launch of Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings alongside Claroty. The solution aims to help buildings customers secure building management systems (BMS) to protect their people, assets and operations.
The joint solution was developed between digital automation and energy management specialist Schneider Electric and cyber-physical systems security company Claroty.
With the launch, the partners hope to identify facility-wide assets, deliver risk and vulnerability management capabilities and provide continuous threat monitoring to protect enterprise investments.
“The integration of IoT (Internet of Things) in buildings is sparking an exciting shift across the sector, but like with any innovation, it also presents new risks,” stated Annick Villeneuve, vice president digital enterprise solutions, Schneider Electric.
“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…solution that meets the unique security and operational risks facing buildings of today and of the future.”
The solution offer includes the following steps: asset discovery, risk assessment, remote access control, threat detection and response.
Its key capabilities include the following:
- Equips facility managers with a vendor agnostic solution to fulfill secure remote access, asset inventory, efficiency and other related requirements from building owners and asset managers.
- Provides an automated asset discovery and network mapping solution that identifies and catalogues all system assets (BMS, IoT, UPS, Power Systems, etc.).
- Delivers a threat detection solution that monitors buildings networks to identify, assess and alert network and asset level anomalies.
- Allows vendors of smart building assets and systems to create external, secure tunnels to connect to and maintain specific resources and assets in the building network without introducing additional risk.
- Provides dashboards and reporting capabilities to enable management and security teams to understand current situations, receive recommendations, and drive the proper actions to reduce a building’s exposure to safety, operational, financial and reputational risks.
- Delivers a secure remote access (SRA) solution for buildings and OT environments to increase building security when vendors, contractors and technicians are performing remote maintenance activities.
The solution launch comes in at a time where buildings are being recognised as assets within the energy sector.
With over 115 million smart buildings predicted to deploy by 2026, increased funding being funnelled into ‘buildings as carbon storage’ projects and the increasing role of buildings in the fight against climate change, cybersecurity is becoming more important than ever.