The aim is to provide customers in the manufacturing and processing industries with comprehensive security services and products
In a bid to provide security solutions for the utilities, oil and gas industries in the US, Atos and Siemens have announced their intention to extend their strategic alliance.
The global IT provider and global engineering company have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together in the area of cyber-security for industrial companies.
The partnership in the US is part of a global agreement around cyber-security including common go-to-market and shared research and development efforts to target information technology and operational technology (OT) security for any market.
Atos and Siemens will leverage their respective strengths to help companies with an integrated approach to protecting against, detecting, and correcting threats quickly and efficiently.
Atos has capabilities in the field of IT, including identity access management, real-time security analytics, next-generation cryptography and software-defined security architecture; while Siemens will deploy its know-how and solutions for OT cyber, including security program design, security life cycle management, plant security monitoring and incident response.
As utilities companies increasingly use software to become more efficient and reliable, there is a corresponding need to boost cyber defences, going beyond compliance regulations to secure operations.
In oil and gas, digitalisation brings a convergence of IT and OT connectivity that enables data to travel from the field, to the control room to the enterprise network, underscoring the need for a unique set of solutions to address the crossover between IT and OT.
A study from the independent Ponemon Institute shows that nearly 70 per cent of US oil and gas cyber managers said their operations have had at least one security compromise in the past year, resulting in the loss of confidential information or OT disruption.
“As the energy industry benefits from digital technologies and solutions, there is a need to guard against growing cyber threats,” said Judy Marks, CEO Siemens USA and executive vice president of new equipment solutions for Dresser-Rand.
“This new cooperation is part of our broad effort to deliver cybersecurity solutions to America’s energy sector. By bridging operational technology and information technology capabilities, we can strengthen our customers’ defences against costly and disruptive attacks.”
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