Stormshield and Schneider Electric: A Successful Commercial and Industrial Partnership

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Stormshield and Schneider Electric now ensure data flow control and governance for three major industrial companies.

Pooling our areas of expertise now enables us to offer the industrial sector a unique cybersecurity product.

In 2015, Stormshield - a European leader in the cybersecurity market - and Schneider Electric - the global specialist in energy management and automation - started pooling their areas of expertise in order to raise awareness about cybersecurity issues among industrial companies and help them take steps to protect their IT and OT systems. Stormshield and Schneider Electric now ensure data flow control and governance for three major industrial companies.

The interconnection of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is a source of new opportunities as well as new challenges for the industrial sector. With increasingly automated and robotic supply chains, factories are becoming more and more connected. This openness to external data flows inevitably leads to new risks.

For over two years, Stormshield and Schneider Electric have been engaged in a joint effort to respond to these industrial security issues. Their complementary areas of expertise – for Stormshield in network, workstation, and server protection and for Schneider Electric in operational technology – has enabled them to develop a product suited to any industrial infrastructure.

“Schneider Electric helped us build knowledge and skills on the industrial side. Pooling our areas of expertise now enables us to offer the industrial sector a unique cybersecurity product. The offer provides industrial companies with a comprehensive, proactive protection solution, allowing them to serenely transition into the Industry 4.0 era”, says Pierre Calais, chief executive of Stormshield.

This partnership resulted in Stormshield developing Sni40, its “hardened” industrial firewall specifically adapted to the security needs of IT and OT systems.

Schneider Electric helped Stormshield get a better grasp of industrial protocols, fully understand this sector and its constraints, and evaluate the device’s overall performance. For its part, Stormshield provided Schneider Electric with a better understanding of network and workstation security issues.

Well-known in the industrial sector, Schneider Electric also presented Stormshield solutions to its customers. Thanks to this initiative, Stormshield solutions are currently deployed in three major companies in the food-processing (dairy), transportation (airport), and electric power generation industries.

“Partnering with Stormshield was an important stage of our development in the cybersecurity market. In doing so, we have become the leading integration company in compliance with ANSSI standards for securing industrial installations. Our partnership embodies knowledge transfer, and these first deals strengthen our confidence in the commercial potential of the ever-maturing industrial sector”, says Yann Bourjault, Director of Cybersecurity at Schneider Electric France.

About Stormshield - http://www.stormshield.eu
Stormshield develops innovative end-to-end security solutions to protect networks (Stormshield Network Security), workstations (Stormshield Endpoint Security), and data (Stormshield Data Security). Certified at the highest European level (EU RESTRICTED, NATO, and ANSSI EAL4+), these reliable, next-generation solutions ensure the protection of strategic information. They are deployed through a network of distribution partners, integrators, and operators in companies of all sizes, government institutions, and defense organizations throughout the world.

Media Contact at Stormshield
Julie Kirby
Ascendant Communications
07956 955625
jkirby(at)ascendcomms(dot)net

About Schneider Electric - http://www.schneider-electric.com
Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€25 billion in FY2016, our 144,000 employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

Media Contact at Schneider
Caroline Pinel
Head of Media Relations France
Global Marketing Schneider Electric
+33 6 71 73 45 37
caroline.pinel(at)schneider-electric(dot)com

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