Palo Alto Networks and Siemens Partner to Protect Critical Infrastructure

By Chantal Polsonetti

Acquisition or Partnership

Palo Alto Networks announced the extension of its technology partnership with Siemens to improve the security of mission-critical networks and prevent the threat of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. The companies will integrate Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Virtual Next-Generation Firewalls and Siemens Ruggedcom Multi-Service Platforms to enable continuous scalable hardware that will allow customers to extend consistent security policy and visibility across IT, critical OT and industrial control systems (ICS) infrastructure.

Palo Alto Networks VM-Series virtual firewalls offer security, can be seamlessly deployed in any virtual or cloud environment and are highly scalable. VM-Series virtual firewalls secure all traffic, including encrypted traffic based on complete context that includes user identity, application identity and device identity, and stop modern cyberthreats, using natively integrated security services. Centralized management makes it easy to extend protection and security to industrial systems wherever the Siemens Ruggedcom RX1500 Multi-Service Platform is deployed.

The Ruggedcom APE1808 for the Ruggedcom RX1500 Multi-Service Platform is a compact yet powerful industrial application-hosting platform for third-party applications that enables industrial customers to protect HMI, engineering workstations and field devices located in harsh environmental regions. The ML-powered VM-Series virtual firewalls serve as a perimeter gateway in these scenarios and use segmentation and policies that allow operators to control applications communicating across different subnets to block lateral threat movement and achieve regulatory compliance. In other scenarios, the Ruggedcom X1500 with the APE1808 can be deployed to provide application-level monitoring for control centers running SCADA systems.

Further information on the market for industrial IoT gateways and routers can be found in ARC’s latest market update

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