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Schneider Electric, Claroty Launch Cybersecurity Solution for Buildings

Schneider Electric and industrial cybersecurity firm Claroty on Monday announced the launch of a joint solution designed for securing smart buildings.

Buildings are becoming increasingly smart, but building management systems (BMS) are often affected by vulnerabilities that can allow threat actors to take control of HVAC, doors, security and other systems. Some flaws could also be exploited to cause serious disruption.

Schneider Electric and Claroty are aiming to address these risks with a new offering named Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings. This vendor-agnostic solution provides a wide range of capabilities, including asset inventory, risk management, secure remote access, and threat detection and response.

Facility managers can use the solution to automatically identify and catalog assets, including BMS, IoT, UPS and other systems. The threat detection functionality constantly monitors building networks to identify network and asset anomalies.

The solution also provides secure remote access functionality that can be used by vendors, contractors and technicians for remote maintenance activities. Users are also provided dashboards and reporting capabilities that can be useful to management and security teams.

“The integration of IoT in buildings is sparking an exciting shift across the sector, but like with any innovation, it also presents new risks,” said Annick Villeneuve, VP of digital enterprise solutions at Schneider Electric.

“For threat actors looking to disrupt operations, benefit financially and/or achieve other objectives, and in so doing to put individuals at risk, buildings can appear to be the perfect target. It is with this in mind that we are partnering with Claroty to bring our customers a comprehensive, industry-leading solution that meets the unique security and operational risks facing buildings of today and of the future,” Villeneuve added.

The French industrial giant and the cybersecurity firm have been working together for several years, but in June they announced extending their partnership, with Schneider saying that it would integrate the Claroty Platform into its offering.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.