Belden, exida Ink Partnership Pact

Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 05:01 PM gHale

Belden Inc. signed a global partnering pact with safety and cyber security services firm, exida to streamline their individual offerings into one package.

The Belden-exida partnership will move to offer a more efficient process for securing an industrial network. With a single-source coordinating the details — from the initial security assessment to the installation of the solution — customers can optimize their industrial network resources, resulting in maximized uptime and enhanced operational productivity.

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“We’ve worked with exida for a number of years, tapping into their best-in-class risk analysis and security recommendations,” said Frank Williams, senior product manager at Belden’s Tofino Security. “Now, we’ve formalized that partnership and when our customers ask ‘how much security do I need?’—we can make their next steps seamless. exida’s experience in the industrial setting is the ideal match to our existing portfolio of physical and cyber security solutions. Together, we will help ensure the uptime and reliability of our customers’ networks is not compromised.”

When it comes down to it, security works hand in hand with network reliability.

“While many think of deliberate attacks, like hackers, terrorists and malware, the reality is 80 percent of incidents that bring a network down are unintentional issues, like field configuration changes, malformed traffic, data storms or technician errors,” Williams said. “exida’s analysis of the true threats to safety and security will help companies take the proper precautions to protect their network.”

exida focuses on assessing new or existing control systems, as well as policies and procedures, to help customers identify and correct vulnerabilities. After collecting and analyzing the data, exida can train personnel and contractors to improve their cyber security countermeasures, among other services.

“Our experience is unique in that we understand the devices, systems and applications used by industrial process control and factory automation engineers, as well as the IT side of security,” said John Cusimano, director of the cyber security division at exida. “After we perform our assessments or trainings, Belden can step in to address and resolve any security issues we identify. This partnership takes our combined services to the next level to deliver an all-in-one offering.”

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