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Honeywell, Palo Alto Networks collaborate on industrial cybersecurity


February 24, 2016
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Feb. 23, 2016 – Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) and Palo Alto Networks say they are collaborating to boost the cybersecurity capabilities of control systems used by industrial facilities and critical infrastructure.

Honeywell’s Industrial Cyber Security business is now offering the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform to industrial customers. According to the parties, the collaboration enables customers to “better prevent cyberattacks against their Process Control Networks (PCN) and Operational Technology (OT) environments in order to protect their assets and maximize production uptime and safety.”

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

The joint solution promises “unrivaled process network traffic monitoring and advanced threat prevention across the automation environment.” It combines Palo Alto Networks’ integrated security platform with Honeywell’s process control domain expertise to provide a cyber security solution tailored for industrial customers.

“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,” said Chad Kinzelberg, senior vice president of business and corporate development, Palo Alto Networks.