Schneider Electric partners with MK:U to develop smart campuses for next generation talent

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Schneider Electric partners with MK:U to develop smart campuses for next generation talent

September 02
09:09 2023
Schneider Electric signs relationship agreement with MK:U, the higher education provider for the city of Milton Keynes

London, UK – 2nd Sep, 2023 – Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced a partnership with MK:U, part of Cranfield University.

The two organisations will work closely together to shape the university courses of the future, ensuring that learning is applied to the real world to prepare students to meet the current and future needs of the business world.

Schneider Electric is investing with MK:U to train its degree apprentices in the coming years. Courses will include digital technology and solutions, cybersecurity, and a range of digital engineering options. 

As the future campus of MK:U is developed, Schneider Electric will participate in the open tender process to provide expert advice on the smart technology required to create a sustainable-by-design campus from the ground up.

Chris Collins, Country President and VP of Major Pursuits, Schneider Electric, said: “Students, businesses, and the local community will all benefit from our partnership and the close collaboration that this will bring. Together, we can develop skills that are fit for future business, inspire a new generation, and help to promote DE&I talent to enter the STEM workforce though leading research and technology innovation projects.”

“Working with MK:U we will collaborate to innovate and promote sustainability to tackle the challenges of effective energy management that are critical to meeting net zero targets.”

Professor Lynette Ryals OBE, Chief Executive of MK:U, said: “Close parentships with an organisation that has shared values and commitments to sustainability, inclusivity, and representation in the industry is extremely important to us. MK:U is ‘built with business, for business’ and this partnership truly embodies this. This collaboration will help us shape education courses that will address the current and real challenges in the UK and ensure learning is aligned to business needs.”

Schneider Electric has also launched a Managed Security Services (MSS) offering to help customers in operational technology (OT) environments address the increased cyber risk associated with the demand for remote access and connectivity technologies.

With the manufacturing industry reporting the highest share of cyberattacks in 2022, business owners increasingly recognize the need for innovative cybersecurity solutions to help minimize downtime, loss of intellectual property and other disruption caused by system vulnerabilities.

Powered by Schneider Electric’s global Cybersecurity Connected Service Hub (CCSH), this new offering provides proven technologies as flexible services to monitor cyber threats and proactively respond on behalf of customers. Few companies, especially those in the OT space, have the specialized cybersecurity resources or expertise in house.

“Managed Security Services will help our customers implement cybersecurity industry-leading practices, proactively address risk, and align to regulatory requirements, giving them the ability to focus on their core operations,” commented David Pownall, Vice President of Services at Schneider Electric. “As part of our wide range of solutions to make organizations run more efficiently, this new cybersecurity offering is continuously evolving, helping to protect our customers against new cyber threats that can, and will, arise.”

Schneider Electric is one of the few global MSS providers to integrate security monitoring and remediation support, defending digital infrastructures across all business types and industries. This MSS solution monitors known risks and protects networks, systems and data across IT, OT and cloud environments – each of which have specific protocols and attack vectors. This new service can help customers to reduce the risk of emerging threats and sophisticated attacks that these unique technical and operational environments face.

As a vendor-agnostic solution, MSS fits into an organization’s existing IT/OT infrastructure, scaling to their budget and maturity. Backed by advanced machine learning capabilities and trend analysis, MSS continuously optimizes processes and addresses real-time threats. The services include 24/7/365 support through Schneider Electric’s CCSH, with a global engineering and support team available around the clock.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On.

Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency.

We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, endpoint to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries.

We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.

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