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McAfee Named Security Provider for NEC’s Industrial and Factory Automation Systems
|By Business Wire
|March 5, 2014 08:05 AM EST
today announced that NEC is enhancing the security of its industrial and
factory automation systems with McAfee
Embedded Control, which allows only
trusted applications to run on devices. NEC recognizes the growing need
to protect industrial controls from cyber-attacks, and is
differentiating its industrial computer line-up with embedded security
Any connected device can be a potential target of a cyber-attack, and
industrial controls are increasingly being targeted as they become IP
enabled. According to a MarketsandMarkets report, the factory automation
market is expected to reach $185.0 billion by 2016 with a CAGR of 7.58
percent from 2011 to 20161. The report also notes that
Asia-Pacific is expected to have the highest growth rate.
“Strong industrial complexes are essential to strong economies around
the world,” said Tom Moore, vice president of worldwide embedded sales
at McAfee. “We’re working with NEC to ensure that the world’s factories
don’t sit idle because of a cyber-attack and that businesses’ maintain
control of their intellectual property.”
Prior to application control and change control technology, industrial
automation systems relied on signature-based detection technologies.
With the McAfee solution, NEC customers’ augment the signature-based
detection approach with enhanced security technologies like
whitelisting, memory protection and change control functions.
McAfee Embedded Control ensures that only trusted applications run on
devices after they are deployed in a factory or remote location. If the
device is tampered with in any way the McAfee solution issues alerts to
notify the organization’s operations or facilities manager. McAfee
Embedded Control protects from zero-day attacks, reduces in-field
breakage, eliminates the patching cycles typical of other security
approaches and keeps devices compliant with security standards.
NEC has long used McAfee Embedded Control for its point-of-sale
products. Now the product will be available as optional software for all
of its industrial computers and integrated into several types of
“McAfee Embedded Control has become a trusted solution to protect our
customers,” said Yasuo Matsumoto, general manager at NEC System Devices
Division. “By expanding the use of this technology, we can offer the
most reliable and secure industrial computers to our customers globally.”
“We have provided our customers with the most reliable and secure
computing platforms with the highest processing power, which are used
for industrial automation systems,” said Atsumi Aoyagi, senior manager
at NEC Smart Device Business Marketing Division. “With McAfee, we can
lock-down the systems on factory floors so that only trusted
applications run. Security is an essential requirement to protect
industrial systems ranging from controlling devices to wide-area
In addition to industrial and factory automation systems, McAfee
Embedded Control blocks unauthorized applications and changes on
fixed-function, point-of-service infrastructures, including retail
devices, medical devices, office equipment, gaming devices, automotive
and various military and aerospace devices.
McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC),
empowers businesses, the public sector, and home users to safely
experience the benefits of the Internet. The company delivers proactive
and proven security solutions and services for systems, networks, and
mobile devices around the world. With its Security Connected strategy,
innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, and unique Global
Threat Intelligence network, McAfee is relentlessly focused on keeping
its customers safe. http://www.mcafee.com
Note: McAfee is a registered trademark of McAfee, Inc. in the United
States and other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the
property of others.
1 “Industrial Controls (SCADA, PLC, DCS) & Factory Automation
(Field Devices, MES, ERP) Market: Global Forecast & Analysis
(2011-2016), MarketsandMarkets, March 2012
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