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Schneider Electric and BitSight announce partnership to improve detection of OT-cybersecurity exposure

Jan. 9, 2023
The goal is to enhance OT-exposure-detection capability by identifying misconfigured connected devices.

Schneider Electric and BitSight announced a strategic partnership to develop an OT risk-identification and threat-intelligence capability. The partners note how this move furthers their commitment to improve the security and resilience of their communities by detecting OT protocols exposed over the internet and contextualizing them with improved attribution.  

Through a joint effort, Schneider Electric will fuse its knowledge of OT protocols and systems with BitSight’s exposure-detection and management capabilities in order to generate the critical insights necessary for proactive security monitoring of externally observable risks to the OT community. The goal of this collaboration is to strengthen industrial security and provide more visibility into Industrial infrastructure and industrial control system (ICS) devices that may be at risk from a cyber-breach, they note. 

“We are delighted to be partnering with Schneider Electric on this critically important initiative to better manage the cyber risk of Internet-connected OT systems. Both BitSight and Schneider Electric share the mission of creating trust in the digital economy by improving cybersecurity protection across all interconnected business types and industries,” said Stephen Boyer, co-founder and CTO at BitSight. “Operational-technology systems are often exposed and vulnerable to attackers who can exploit them through connected devices and converging networks. By partnering with Schneider Electric, we are proactively addressing this downstream risk by expanding our capabilities to better detect customers’ industrial infrastructure and control systems at risk and to help them improve business resilience.”  

“With the enriched data and insight collected by BitSight, Schneider Electric is developing an OT threat-intelligence capability to notify and work with customers who have exposed assets or insecure internet-facing deployments,” added Christophe Blassiau, senior vice president, cybersecurity & global CISO at Schneider Electric. 

The capabilities derived through this partnership will provide the data necessary to identify important areas of risk concentration and drive further remediation initiatives, benefitting both customers and the community at large, the partners believe.        

The new capability focused on risk-identification and reduction across the entirety of the OT domain is not an exclusive arrangement between BitSight and Schneider Electric. Participation is open to all OT vendors willing to share information about their products to improve risk-detection and attribution capabilities.