Cybersecurity / Operational Strategist / Business Strategist

Schneider Electric & Vericlave to strengthen cyber-posture

Mar 19, 2019

Schneider Electric has entered into a global partnership to provide Vericlave’s advanced encryption technology to further secure and protect its customers’ critical IT and OT systems from the risk of cyberattack.

“Digital transformation and the growth of IoT are giving rise to new threats that can have a massive impact on the safety, productivity and profitability of industrial operations,” said Gary Williams, senior director, cybersecurity offer management, Schneider Electric. “That means our customers must have a robust, nimble cybersecurity infrastructure that protects every layer of their operations. With Vericlave, we’re strengthening our customers’ ability to bolster their networks from within. We look forward to collaborating with Vericlave to secure the integrity of our customers’ data and operations across multiple sites, while reducing systems complexity and maximizing compliance, profitability, and overall business performance.”

Vericlave’s intrusion-prevention system overlays a zero-trust stealth model at the network perimeter and within existing infrastructure to provide a secure communication tunnel between sites and to extend layers of defense across an enterprise. The plug-and-play solution has been developed and tested by the United States Department of Defense, United States Intelligence Community and in the critical infrastructure, finance, healthcare and retail markets for more than 20 years, according to Vericlave. It shrinks the attack surface by more than 90% (when compared to traditional Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network solutions) to eliminate the risk of incidents that lead to plant shutdowns.

Additionally, according to its maker, the plug-and-play capability reduces installation, maintenance and other ownership and operating costs by 50% or more, enabling end users to reallocate engineering, maintenance and other resources back into the business, further reducing capital and operational expenditure spend.   

The partnership combines Vericlave’s technology with Schneider Electric’s EcoStructure architecture and platform to provide a multi-layered approach that includes cybersecurity solutions, services and expertise to help industrial organizations better secure their operations and strengthen their cyber posture.

“Most third-party cybersecurity solutions on the market today are not focused on preventing attacks; they are designed to respond to attacks,” said Joel Bagnal, chief executive officer, Vericlave. “With years of industry expertise, Vericlave’s military-grade technology was developed specifically to securely connect networks and associated devices in high-pressure and harsh environments over any distance, and is designed to prevent external threats from accessing customer networks and internal threats from exploiting vulnerabilities. Our offers are proven to be highly effective, easy to install, and less costly to maintain than anything like it on the market. Combined with Schneider Electric’s robust cybersecurity portfolio and EcoStruxure technology, we will better safeguard industrial environments, while improving the safety and profitability of facilities worldwide.”

“With Vericlave’s technology, industrial enterprises can extend their current infrastructure so that disparate sites become extensions of the operations center, which means our customers can be more confident in the security of their data and the safety, reliability and profitability of their operations,” added Williams. “With the better visibility the Vericlave offer provides, our customers will build stronger trust in digital connectivity between their people, machines and processes. It’s a further example of our commitment to taking a collaborative, multi-faceted approach to cybersecurity, as well as our dedication to helping customers secure their digital transformations.”