Siemens Partnership Fights Automation Cyber Threats

 30 Aug 2017 02.30pm

Siemens is tackling the evolving cyber threats targeting automation equipment by entering into a global partnership with the International Society of Automation (ISA) to develop protection concepts for industrial plants.

The global technology company plans to foster awareness with ISA by sharing expertise in protecting the automation environment based on IEC 62443, the worldwide standard for security of the Industrial Automation & Control Systems in the Operational Technology domain of an organisation.

Siemens and ISA will address what industrial security measures organisations should be taking by holding events, webinars, and raising awareness through sharing best practices with owner-operators of industrial equipment.

The ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) operates one of the first standardized assessment schemes for the IEC 62443 IACS cybersecurity standards.

Siemens Plant Security Services, which adheres to the IEC62443 guidelines, offers a multi-layer protection-level approach for plants looking to secure sensitive areas.

Henning Rudolf, Global Head of Siemens Plant Security Services, said: "Cyber Security needs to be addressed by industrial companies as recent global ransomware attacks have demonstrated the possible impacts in the last weeks.

“Our customers need to adequately manage the associated cyber risk, arising from the vulnerabilities of IT technology combined with the increased connectedness in our digital age.”

The CEO of Siemens' Crane division, Dr. Christian Koegl, recently explained how the company is helping to progress standardization in the port and terminal sector:

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