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Siemens and McAfee sign industrial security pact

April 11, 2014  

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The Siemens Industry Sector and McAfee, a division of Intel Security, have announced plans to implement joint security services and initiatives.  Part of an agreement first signed in 2011, the two companies say the signing this week of a security pact will focus on industrial customers, who currently “face unique new challenges” including a wider range of cyber threats than ever before.”

“They 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,” the two companies said in a release. “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.”

The agreement with McAfee will “complement” Siemens’ service offerings by leveraging firewall, security information and event management (SIEM), endpoint security, and global threat intelligence as part of its Managed Security Service. The offerings, Siemens said, provide greater visibility and control at the factory level while reducing the risk of IP theft.

“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,” said Siegfried Russwurm, a member of the managing board of Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens’ Industry Sector.

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