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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Yokogawa Partners McAfee to Enhance Security of Industrial Control Systems

Yokogawa Electric Corporation and McAfee announced the signing of a partnership agreement to offer holistic and value-added IT security solutions for the industrial automation world.

According to Nobuaki Konishi, VP of Yokogawa's IA Systems Business Division (IA Platform Business HQ), the partnership will allow Yokogawa to combine their technology and plant security know-how with McAfee’s technology to enhance the security of products and other line-up of security solution services covering the entire lifecycle of our customers’ plants.

It will include the integration of anti-virus software with industrial control systems used in the process industries.



Meeting Demands

Such collaboration is considered to be timely for today's environment when cyber-security has reached a level of non-compromise and mission critical with advent of APT (advanced persistent threats) which threatens business entities.

While the industry is much ado about costs-saving,interoperability and open platform via general-purpose IT - it has resulted in proliferation of security vulnerabilities.

Organizations tasked with running critical infrastructure such as oil and gas pipelines, chemical plants, power stations, and water treatment facilities must look at holistic security systems across two disparate, yet interconnected zones, enterprise IT and industrial control systems.

Since industrial process control systems would typically have longer lifecycle than typical commercial systems; 3 to 5 times - hence automation system suppliers must embrace a lifecycle approach to industrial cyber security.

This is something new for the industry.

More details.

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