Schneider Electric has announced the launch of Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings, a solution designed to help building customers secure their building management systems (BMS) to better protect people, assets and operations.
Joint solution with Claroty, the security company for cyber-physical systems in industrial, commercial and healthcare environments, will combine the organization’s technology with Schneider Electric’s industry expertise and services to identify all assets throughout the facility , offer risk and vulnerability management capabilities, and provide continuous threat monitoring to protect business investments.
It includes the following steps: asset discovery, risk assessment, remote access control, threat detection and response, and is designed to provide building owners, facility operators, and security teams with a solution that identifies basic risks, Continually reduce cyber and asset risk and identify and remediate threats in your environment before services are interrupted.
Key capabilities include:
- A vendor-independent solution for facility managers, with which they can meet secure remote access, asset inventory, efficiency, and other related requirements of building owners and asset managers.
- Automated network mapping and asset discovery solution that identifies and catalogs all system assets (BMS, IoT, UPS, Power Systems, etc.).
- A continuous threat detection solution that constantly monitors building networks to identify, assess, and alert on early indicators of network and asset-level anomalies.
- External and secure tunnels for smart building systems and asset providers, to connect and maintain specific resources and assets on the building network and without introducing additional risk.
- Dashboards and reporting capabilities to enable management and security teams to understand current situations, receive personalized recommendations, and drive appropriate actions to reduce a building’s exposure to security, operational, financial, and reputational risks.
- A secure remote access (SRA) solution designed specifically for buildings and OT environments to increase building security when vendors, contractors, and technicians perform remote maintenance activities.
According to Schneider Electric, cyberattacks have already damaged a number of businesses, including critical infrastructure like hospitals, data centers, and hotels.
The commercial construction industry must find ways to safeguard both its access to company IT systems and its mission-critical infrastructure, the company says.
Annick Villeneuve, Vice President of Digital Business Solutions at Schneider Electric, says: “Integrating IoT into buildings is driving exciting change across the industry, but as with any innovation, it also introduces new risks.
“For threat actors looking to disrupt operations, benefit financially, and/or achieve other goals, and in doing so put people at risk, buildings can seem like the perfect target.
“With this in mind, we are partnering with Claroty to provide our customers with an industry-leading end-to-end solution that addresses the unique security and operational risks facing buildings today and in the future.”
As more and more IoT devices are deployed within the building space and increased connectivity between previously isolated operational technology, building management systems (BMS) and their IT counterparts, have made them attractive and vulnerable targets. to cyberattacks, the company says.
Additionally, facility managers oversee hundreds of vendors, service contractors, and technicians in a fragmented manner, increasing complexity and risk.
Claroty Vice President of Global Channels and Alliances Keith Carter says, “When it comes to protecting cyber-physical systems, including BMS, the number one priority is keeping physical processes operational and secure.
“By merging Claroty’s deep domain expertise and purpose-built technology with Schneider Electric’s renowned services and commitment to driving digital transformation globally, we are empowering our customers to reap the benefits of building technologies. without increasing their exposure to cyber risk, which is a profound step towards creating a more efficient and sustainable future for the world.”