Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Expanding OT Security business: Mitsubishi Electric chooses Dispel as partner

March 11, 2024
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Mitsubishi Electric has signed an agreement with Dispel, a developer and distributor of secure remote access and operational management solutions, to expand its operational technology (OT) security business through marketing and technical development.

Based on the agreement, Mitsubishi Electric will integrate its factory automation (FA) equipment and OT security solutions with Dispel’s secure remote-access technology to provide a Zero Trust Remote Access Service that reportedly monitors, controls and verifies remote-access operations involving equipment in manufacturing facilities. For Mitsubishi Electric, the goal is to accelerate digital manufacturing by utilizing data throughout entire product lifecycles, from design and installation to operation and maintenance, and thereby strengthen the company’s circular digital engineering business.

“At Mitsubishi Electric, we are creating new value in OT security by combining our OT technology and expertise in manufacturing with information-system security technologies from leading security vendors,” said Kunihiko Kaga, Mitsubishi Electric’s representative executive officer and industry and mobility business area owner. “Through our collaboration with Dispel, we expect to contribute to OT security and society as a whole by providing secure environments for remote maintenance.”

“What matters to industrial customers is uptime, availability and crew safety,” said Ian Schmertzler, president of Dispel. “Cyber security should not be something they need to worry about, but the shifting regulatory and threat landscape has made it impossible to ignore. By providing a Zero Trust Access platform aligned with NIST 800-53 to their customer base, Mitsubishi Electric is making it possible for their clients to refocus on what matters.”

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