Intelligent power management company Eaton announced a cybersecurity collaboration with identity security firm CyberArk to enhance protection of utility transmission and distribution devices and networks.
The collaboration leverages Eaton’s grid automation expertise and industry-leading approach to cybersecurity with CyberArk’s Identity Security solutions to help utilities simplify a critical element of cybersecurity compliance for modern grid automation systems.
The ongoing decentralization and digitalization of power makes it essential for utilities to safeguard connected devices and data against the rising threat of cyberattack. By integrating CyberArk’s capabilities into its IED Manager Suite, Eaton is enabling utilities to automate the complex task of manually verifying, managing and rotating network access passwords for intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) used in grid automation systems.
The CyberArk integration within Eaton’s IMS software also allows utilities to retrieve credentials easily and securely for scans and firmware updates.
Eaton's IMS software helps utilities manage configuration settings, passwords and firmware for IEDs from a wide range of manufacturers used in grid automation systems. It reduces maintenance costs through secure remote access and helps comply with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) critical infrastructure protection (CIP) requirements.
Centered on privileged access management, CyberArk provides the most comprehensive security offering for any identity – human or machine – across business applications, distributed workforces, hybrid cloud workloads and throughout the DevOps lifecycle.