Intel and Honeywell collaborate to secure critical infrastructure

July 13, 2015
New collaborative effort to help bolster protection of critical industrial infrastructure and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Honeywell Process Solutions recently announced it will be teaming up with Intel Security to help bolster protection of critical industrial infrastructure and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Honeywell customers will be offered enhanced security software to protect their control systems from malware by integrating Intel Security's McAfee technologies with Honeywell’s Industrial Cyber Security Solutions. 

“The threat of cyber attacks on industrial and critical infrastructure targets is growing rapidly and our customers are demanding effective cyber security to assist them in protecting their assets and people. Working with Intel Security expands our capabilities to enhance the availability, reliability and safety of customers’ industrial control systems and plant operations,” said Jeff Zindel, global business leader for Honeywell’s Industrial Cyber Security Solutions group. “Our collaboration with Intel Security will enable integrated, validated solutions for our industrial process customers to more rapidly deploy and better protect their investment. This approach is critical to enable the productivity potential of Honeywell automation solutions and the Industrial Internet of Things.”

Honeywell is also offering Intel Security’s Enterprise Security Manager and Next Generation Firewall to its customers. The products will be supported by Honeywell’s Industrial Cyber Security Risk Manager, which provides a continuous evaluation of cyber security risks within industrial environments. The McAfee Application Whitelisting maintains system integrity by allowing only authorized code to run. McAfee Device Control allows users to specify and categorize what data can and cannot be transferred to various plug-in devices. The Honeywell qualification of Intel Security’s Application Whitelisting and Device Control is a tangible result of this strategic relationship.

Some of the benefits of this integration will include protection from known and unknown malware threats, protection for both connected and air-gapped systems with no additional need for signature updates, integrated management and analysis of cyber security risk and functioning without Internet connection. 

“Protecting our critical infrastructure and the emerging IIoT from cyber threats is a priority, and the collaboration of two industry leaders will go a long way toward that goal,” said Raj Samani, vice president and chief technology officer, Intel Security. “Technologies in the IIoT space have a tremendous amount of potential, and we can’t let security concerns undermine that; instead, security has to enable the growth of IIoT, and that’s what our engagement with Honeywell will do.”