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Yokogawa And McAfee Partner To Enhance Security Industrial Control Systems

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 2:40pm
Yokogawa Corporation of America

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

Building on Yokogawa’s strong global track record in delivering control system solutions and McAfee’s cyber security expertise, the partnership addresses the imperative of digital threats to industrial control systems.  

In particular, the partners will collaborate to offer Yokogawa’s customers seamless solutions to avoid gaps between different IT systems across proprietary solutions and expanded communication channels (e. g.  IP, wireless, and mobile) and running common operating systems and applications. 

Growing number of cyber threats targeting industrial environments According to McAfee’s recent threats report, cyber-crime, 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. 

Special emphasis on industrial environments running critical infrastructure 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. 

Organizations 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.

Holistic approach combining Yokogawa’s industrial experience and McAfee’s cyber security expertise McAfee solutions provide resilience, efficient compliance measures, and real-time intelligence for changing threat environments, along with the power of real-time visibility and centralized management through a single platform. The combination of this expertise with Yokogawa’s domain knowledge provides a more holistic approach resulting in the provision of more value-added industrial automation solutions.  

This partnership 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 cyber threats are ever-changing, automation system suppliers must embrace a lifecycle approach to industrial cyber security.  


About McAfee 

McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), empowers businesses, the public sector and home users, to safely experience the benefits of the Internet. For more information, visit the company’s website http://www.mcafee.com. 

About Yokogawa Corporation of America  

Yokogawa Corporation of America is the North American division of Yokogawa Electric Corporation and a key part of Yokogawa's global network of 25 manufacturing facilities and 80 companies spanning 55 countries. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit our website www.yokogawa.com/us. 

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