A new tech partnership is to bring virtual next-generation firewalls and multi-service platforms together to bolster security within connected environments in the US.

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The collaboration between Palo Alto Networks and Siemens is designed to galvanise mission-critical networks and prevent threat of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.

The companies will integrate technologies 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.

Anand Oswal, senior VP for Network Security at Palo Alto Networks, said:

“Critical infrastructure, such as smart utility substations, intelligent transportation systems, traffic signalling, 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.

“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,” Oswal added.

Jeremy Bryant, general manger at Siemens Ruggedcom, said:

“Our network components 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 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,” Bryant added.