Siemens and McAfee have partner up to enhance the security offerings for industrial customers protecting them against rapidly evolving global cyber threats. This partnership utilizes the depth of both companies' security portfolios and further enhances the joint effort started in 2011.
There are new challenges that industrial customers face, including a wider range of cyber threats. Customers often lack the resources necessary to respond efficiently to security incidents and do not have access to the global threat intelligence that would allow proactive defensive measures. This critical information is needed in order to keep up with evolving government regulations, industry standards, sector specific best practices, and other risk information necessary for making informed business decisions.
This joint venture complements Siemens' service offerings by leveraging security solutions such as next generation firewall, security information and event management (SIEM), endpoint security, and global threat intelligence as part of its Managed Security Service as well as offering professional services. These offerings provide greater visibility and control at the factory level while reducing the risk of IP theft.
According to Siegfried Russwurm, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens' Industry Sector,, McAfee's broad portfolio of security technologies can serve as a great enabler of Siemens Industrial Security service offerings.
"This will further strengthen our leading position in automation and drive technologies by providing additional security solutions and services to our industrial customer base," said Russwurm. "Industrial security is one of the building blocks for strong demand of connected manufacturing environments, and for the continued resurgence of the manufacturing sector globally. This partnership will be an important foundation for the future of manufacturing and Industrie 4.0."
Michael Fey, worldwide chief technology officer at McAfee believes that by the two companies combining forces, McAfee, Intel and Siemens will drive the adoption of connected, managed and secured solutions at the plant level in order to help industrial customers manage their security while bringing the uptime and reliability of the plant operations to a higher level.