Fujitsu to Provide Security Solutions to Hydro
January 2017 by Marc Jacob
Fujitsu Finland Oy has signed an agreement to deliver security solutions to Norsk Hydro ASA, one of the world’s largest integrated aluminium production companies. Fujitsu will provide 24/7 global Security Incident Response services and secure user authentication solutions to help Hydro reduce risk across the business, meet ever-increasing compliance and regulatory requirements and ensure that sensitive data and intellectual property are adequately secured against growing cyber threats. The new six-year agreement is a significant extension to the existing IT services contract under which Fujitsu is already providing global IT infrastructure services to Hydro in 40 countries since 2010.
As part of the company’s digitalization strategy, security is a major focus for Hydro. In order to minimize risks to Hydro’s data and infrastructure, the Fujitsu Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) will provide global monitoring and response services to identify and stop security incidents around the clock. The services delivered by Fujitsu will include Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), vulnerability scanning, threat intelligence, and incident management.
To control and secure user access to data and IT services, Hydro chose the Fujitsu PalmSecureTM palm vein authentication system, which uses biometric technology to scan the pattern of veins in a user’s hand and provides a fast and accurate method for highly secure user authentication. In Brazil, Hydro is already using Fujitsu PalmSecure on kiosk systems for over 2,000 employees and mine workers to access their HR information in a secure and easy-to-use way. This new system will be rolled out for Hydro’s European plants during 2017, raising the total number of users to about 4,000.
Jo de Vliegher, CIO and Head of Information Systems Hydro, says: “Security is a top priority for us as we embark on digitalization processes in all areas of our business. Building trust in our IT systems is key. As an existing strategic partner with far wider capabilities than just security, we are confident that Fujitsu will deliver an efficient incident triage and response program as well as a secure way to manage user identities to help us meet the changing security demands.”
Rob Norris, VP Enterprise & Cyber Security at Fujitsu EMEIA, says: “Fast-growing Hydro has a responsibility to maintain a high level of assurance over its operations. Each of its regions is adding specific regional compliance measurements that need to be adhered to and monitored, so security is becoming ever more important. Hydro identified the key areas for investment following a thorough maturity assessment of its security, and we are pleased to help Hydro build a solid security foundation that can scale to support its continued global growth.”