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Yokogawa and McAfee partner to enhance security of industrial control systems

30 January 2013

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

The partners will collaborate to offer Yokogawa’s customers seamless solutions to these problems, to avoid gaps between different IT systems, across proprietary platforms and expanded communication channels (IP, wireless, mobile, etc) and running common operating systems and applications. 

According to McAfee’s recent threats report, cybercrime, 'hacktivism' and cyber-warfare are on the rise worldwide, and are growing ever more sophisticated. Governments, large enterprises, small business, and home users face a wide range of digital threats, and recent prominent cases of industrial sabotage and espionage have escalated these concerns. 

Today’s cyber-security threats mean that industrial control system users and suppliers alike must be increasingly vigilant against current and future intrusions, as human safety and environmental impacts are directly at stake.

While today’s process control systems can take advantage of advanced general-purpose IT to reduce costs, improve performance, enable interoperability with APC, MES and other systems, and add other important new capabilities, the very same technologies have made today’s industrial control systems increasingly vulnerable to security intrusions – malicious or otherwise – from both within and outside the plant.

Organisations 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

The partnership also addresses the issue that industrial process control systems typically have a three to five times longer lifecycle than typical commercial systems. Since both system technology and cyberthreats are ever-changing, automation system suppliers must embrace a life-cycle approach to industrial cyber-security. 











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