NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Palo Alto Networks and Siemens Partner to Protect Critical Infrastructure

Palo Alto Networks | November 08, 2021

Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW), the global cybersecurity leader, 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.

"Critical infrastructure, such as smart utility substations, intelligent transportation systems, traffic signaling, and private broadband gateways in remote locations, is incredibly challenging to secure because the systems are highly distributed, complex and often in very harsh environments. But securing these systems is paramount as they make for high-profile targets for cyberattacks, with impacts that go beyond economic consequences," said Anand Oswal, senior vice president of Network Security for Palo Alto Networks. "By bringing together our Next-Generation Firewall technology with Siemens' experience in industrial control systems and unique environments, companies can protect their industrial control systems and other key infrastructure without compromising security, performance, or the ability to scale."

"Our network components from Ruggedcom have been the mainstay of critical infrastructure networks in harsh environments, which has helped us build a deep understanding of their unique challenges and requirements,By adding Palo Alto Networks VM-Series firewalls to our platform approach, we are further enhancing our cybersecurity solutions portfolio. This integrated hardware and software solution offers our customers a field-proven way of securing even the legacy devices in their network, achieving regulatory compliance and improved security posture for mission-critical applications."

-Jeremy Bryant, general manager, Siemens Ruggedcom.

Palo Alto Networks VM-Series virtual firewalls offer best-in-class 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 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  RX1500 with the APE1808 can be deployed to provide application-level monitoring for control centers running SCADA systems.

About Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world's greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. For more information, visit www.paloaltonetworks.com.

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