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Palo Alto and Honeywell partner up, take on control systems security

24 Feb 16

Palo Alto Networks and Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) have announced they have partnered up in order to provide a cyber security solution that protects industrial control systems from cyber attacks.

The collaboration will see the pair providing a next-generation security platform with proven industrial process control expertise, according to a statement.

HPS's Industrial Cyber Security business is officially offering the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform to industrial customers. According to the companies, the collaboration enables customers to better prevent cyberattacks against their Process Control Networks (PCN) and Operational Technology (OT) environments in order to protect assets and maximise production uptime and safety, the company says.

The joint solution offers process network traffic monitoring and advanced threat prevention across the automation environment, combining Palo Alto Networks' advanced and integrated security platform with Honeywell's process control domain expertise.

This next-generation offering enhances Honeywell's portfolio of cyber security solutions, including its Industrial Cyber Security Risk Manager platform, according to the company.

Jeff Zindel, Honeywell Process Solutions vice president and general manager cyber security, says, "The collaboration with Palo Alto Networks expands our ability to provide proactive intrusion prevention resulting in more robust protection for our customers.

“It is an example of Honeywell's unique multi-vendor approach that integrates state-of-the-art technology with proven expertise so that customers can confidently rely on our cyber security capabilities, quickly and effectively prevent threats, and focus on their daily operations."

"Connecting vital infrastructure to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) comes with tremendous benefit, but also associated cyber risks. Our work with Honeywell addresses the cyber risk with next-generation security designed to meet the needs of industrial customers and provide them with threat detection and prevention capabilities previously unseen in the industry,” says Chad Kinzelberg, Palo Alto Networks senior vice president of business and corporate development.

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