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Siemens and ISA join forces to raise cyber-security awareness

31 August, 2017

Siemens and the International Society of Automation (ISA) have entered a global partnership to raise the awareness about industrial security needs and standards, and to promote best practices for security to owner-operators of industrial equipment.

The two parties plan to share their expertise in protecting automation environments, based on the IEC 62443 standard and appropriate security measures. Together, they will organise events, webinars and educational materials.

“Cyber-security needs to be addressed by industrial companies as recent global ransomware attacks have demonstrated the possible impacts,” says Henning Rudolf, global head of Siemens Plant Security Services. “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 ISA’s Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) operates one of the first standardised assessment schemes for the IEC 62443 cyber-security standards. Siemens has adopted this program, both as a supplier of automation equipment and industrial security services, and as a global manufacturer.

Siemens and the ISA aim to raise awareness of the need to protect industrial plants against cyber-attacks

Siemens Plant Security Services adhere to the IEC 62443 guidelines and are available to Siemens customers and for third-party equipment, providing a multi-layer protection-level approach, asset inventory and tracking, patch and vulnerability management, network segmentation, industrial security management, incident handling and security consulting services.

Siemens also operates a Product Computer Emergency Response Team (ProductCERT) and runs Cyber Security Operation Centres in Portugal, Germany and the US. Security specialists at these sites monitor industrial facilities around the world for cyber-threats, warn companies in the event of security incidents, and coordinate proactive countermeasures.

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