HPE and GE partner for IoT security
Highlights combined expertise to protect industrial systems and the IoT at GITEX
HPE and GE are highlighting their combined expertise to protect industrial systems and the IoT at GITEX Technology Week.
The two companies recently entered into a strategic partnership to provide HPE cyber security solutions to GE industrial customers, to help address the need to protect industrial control systems and operational technology (OT) from changing cyber threats.
GE Digital Cyber Security solutions will be distributed through the HPE Channel Partner Network across the META region during the first year of the partnership.
Ali Saleh, senior vice president and chief commercial officer for GE Digital MEA says that customers are keen to digitise processes and systems to gain more efficiency, but that security concerns are top of mind.
"Our partnership with HPE will allow us to together bring a solution to the customers, we will ensure the total solution brings them where we ensure they have a secure eco-system," he says.
"We are excited about the HPE partnership, because there are three specific synergies. We speak to the same customers, the client is happy to see us together. Second, HPE has an amazing network of partners, which a win-win, specifically for customers; and third HPE brings the technical depth we need while we bring the industrial subject matter expertise," he adds.
Johannes Koch, managing director, Middle East and Africa for HPE says that the IoT is at the core of HPE's strategy, and that there is a pressing need for need for cyber security for OT.
"The level of interest is overwhelming," Koch says. "We started this relationship a few weeks ago, we have trained 140 sales people already, and at GITEX we have partners who have come to us to be part of the training."
The two companies have already collaborated on OpSheild from GE Digital, a platform designed to protect critical infrastructure and reduce risk of cyber-related unplanned downtime. The solution can monitor both IT and Operational systems, at multiple layers. The solution is also highly configurable to meet needs of user's own process and machinery, and also non-invasive, so a cyber security alert will not interrupt industrial processes.