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Leica Microsystems partners with CVE Program to protect customers against cybersecurity attacks

Handling cybersecurity risks in a systemic and transparent way

21 May 2024, Wetzlar, Germany – Leica Microsystems, a leading provider of microscopy and scientific instrumentation, has been authorized by the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Program as a CVE Numbering Authority (CNA). This evaluation underlines the importance for Leica Microsystems to handle cybersecurity risks in a professional, systematic and transparent way as software continues to play a pivotal role in scientific, medical, and industrial advancements. By using a unified classification and referencing of vulnerabilities, Leica Microsystems can work with its customers to maintain the security of the use of Leica products in their working environments. 

The CVE Program is an international, community-based initative that aims to identify, define and catalog publicly disclosed cybersecurity vulnerabilities. As a CNA, Leica Microsystems will be responsible for assigning CVE IDs to vulnerabilities within products of Leica Microsystems and publish CVE Records to communicate consistent descriptions of vulnerabilities. 

“Almost every one of our products contains software that orchestrates components, from the base operating system to specific custom code, that must work together securely. If there is a problem with elements in this chain, becoming a CVE Numbering Authority allows us to manage risk systematically,” said Dirk Voelkel, Chief Technology Officer & VP Global Research & Development at Leica Microsystems. “We are committed to providing a secure environment for our customers’ important work.”

By partnering with the CVE program, Leica Microsystems will disclose newly identified vulnerabilities, allowing customers and partners to proactively address potential threats before they become widespread. 

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About Leica Microsystems
Leica Microsystems develops and manufactures microscopes and scientific instruments for the analysis of microstructures and nanostructures. Ever since the company started as a family business in the nineteenth century, its instruments have been widely recognized for their optical precision and innovative technology. It is one of the market leaders in compound and stereo microscopy, digital microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy with related imaging systems, electron microscopy sample preparation, and surgical microscopes. 

Leica Microsystems has six major plants and product development sites around the world. The company is represented in over 100 countries, has sales and service organizations in 20 countries, and an international network of distribution partners. Its headquarters are located in Wetzlar, Germany.

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