Siemens, Atos expand strategic relationship to include cybersecurity for U.S. utilities, oil and gas industry

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Monday, March 20, 2017 8:00 am EDT

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Houston, TX

Siemens, a global engineering leader, and Atos, a global leader in digital services, announce today they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and will leverage their portfolios to help US utilities and the oil and gas industry establish an integrated first line of defense against cyber-attacks. Siemens and Atos work together in the area of cybersecurity for industrial companies, providing customers in the manufacturing and processing industries with comprehensive security services and products.

The Siemens and Atos partnership in the U.S. is part of a global agreement around cybersecurity including common go-to-market and shared research and development efforts to target Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) security for any market. Siemens, with its deep domain know-how and solutions for OT cyber, including security program design, security lifecycle management, plant security monitoring and incident response; and Atos, with its unique capabilities in the field of IT, including identity access management, real-time security analytics, next-generation cryptography and software-defined security architecture, are well-positioned to help companies with an integrated approach to protecting against, detecting, and correcting threats quickly and efficiently. 

As utilities increasingly use software to become more efficient and reliable, there is a corresponding need to boost cyber defenses – going beyond compliance regulations to secure operations. In oil and gas, digitalization brings a convergence of IT and OT connectivity that enables data to travel from the field, to the control room to the enterprise network – underscoring the need for a unique set of solutions to address the crossover between IT and OT.

A recent study from the independent Ponemon Institute shows that nearly 70 percent of U.S. oil and gas cyber managers said their operations have had at least one security compromise in the past year, resulting in the loss of confidential information or OT disruption – highlighting the need for the oil and gas industry to increase its cyber defenses.

“As the energy industry benefits from digital technologies and solutions, there is a need to guard against growing cyber threats. This new cooperation is part of our broad effort to deliver cybersecurity solutions to America’s energy sector. By bridging operational technology and information technology capabilities, we can strengthen our customers’ defenses against costly and disruptive attacks,” said Judy Marks, CEO Siemens USA and Executive Vice President of New Equipment Solutions for the Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to expand the Siemens and Atos relationship as U.S. utilities, oil and gas industries are realizing the extent of cybersecurity challenges when moving into a digitized and connected ecosystem,” said Michel-Alain Proch, Group Senior Executive Vice President and CEO North America, Atos. “With our combined end-to-end suite of solutions and innovative approaches to security analytics and better detection and response capabilities, customers will see tangible advantages in cost and risk reductions, as well as enhanced performance and flexibility gains.”

The Siemens-Atos alliance, founded in 2011, forms one of the largest strategic relationships ever between a global engineering company and a global IT provider. 

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About Siemens

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 351,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $88.1 billion in fiscal 2016. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.4 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

 

About Atos

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital transformation with circa 100,000 employees in 72 countries and pro forma annual revenue of circa € 12 billion. Serving a global client base, the Group is the European leader in Big Data, Cybersecurity, Digital Workplace and provides Cloud services, Infrastructure & Data Management, Business & Platform solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payment industry. With its cutting edge technologies, digital expertise and industry knowledge, the Group supports the digital transformation of its clients across different business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications, and Transportation. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline.

For more information, visit: atos.net