MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – April 20, 2016 – Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced a partnership with Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) to secure connected industrial systems from malicious attacks. As a first step, Rockwell Automation has qualified the Symantec Embedded Security: Critical Systems Protection (SES:CSP) solution for interoperability with a range of Rockwell Automation software products in industrial control systems (ICS).
More industrial devices are becoming network connected, allowing for easier monitoring and control of the devices. However, this also opens them up to new avenues of attacks and even potential sabotage. Without the right defenses, attacks on industrial control system resources can have serious implications, including downtime, disruption of productivity, equipment damage and safety risks.
“The connectivity driving the industrial Internet of Things brings countless advantages for all manner of manufacturing and industrial automation, but requires effective protection to maximize plant uptime and safety,” said Sean Doherty, VP, Technology Partnerships and Alliances at Symantec. “Together, Symantec and Rockwell Automation are securing industrial systems against bad actors targeting critical infrastructure, further demonstrating our commitment to industrial security.”
“The benefits of a connected infrastructure can be overshadowed by downtime and safety risks,” said Clark Case, Security Platform Leader, Controls and Visualization Business, Rockwell Automation. “With Symantec as a member of our Encompass™ program, our customers can deploy increasingly connected industrial automation equipment to increase efficiency without compromising the safety of personnel and the community.”
Symantec is investing in and offering the industry’s most comprehensive IoT security solutions, such as SES:CSP. This approach includes authentication, device security, software protection and analytics to help prevent cars, medical devices, industrial control systems, and countless consumer electronics from becoming hacked, tracked and electronically hijacked. Symantec recently announced that the company is securing more than 1 billion IoT devices, from industrial control systems to cars to smart meters.
SES:CSP is currently available and shipping to customers. Additional information about the solution can be viewed here.
More information about the partnership can be found in the whitepaper, “Symantec Secures Rockwell Automation Industrial Control and Business Intelligence Solutions.”
Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is the global leader in cybersecurity. Operating one of the world’s largest cyber intelligence networks, we see more threats, and protect more customers from the next generation of attacks. We help companies, governments and individuals secure their most important data wherever it lives.
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