Cybersecurity continues to be a growing concern among the manufacturing community. Cyber attacks are beginning to not only impact these businesses private data but now even pose a risk to the well-being of the workforce. As more systems, especially automated systems, are beginning to be connected to the internet it opens new doors for cyber criminals to enter and this can be detrimental to a business’s future.
Now technology leaders and industry organizations are coming together to find a solution for this serious issue. The International Society of Automation (ISA) and Siemens are coming together to spread awareness about industrial cybersecurity. This partnership is a fantastic step in the right direction for the industry as emerging cyber-threats continue to become more prevalent. More specifically, the focus of the partnership is to broaden manufacturers understanding and accelerate adoption of industrial automation security standards.
The initiative will use ISA/IEC 62443 as their guide. This is the only consensus-based series of industrial cybersecurity standards and uses co-sponsored events, webinars and additional education resources to provide insight into industrial facilities cybersecurity practices. Both ISA and Siemens want to raise awareness and offer the best practices of industrial cybersecurity with the owners and operators of industrial equipment that may be at risk.
“Cybersecurity needs to be addressed by industrial companies as recent global ransomware attacks have demonstrated the possible impact 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,” Henning Rudolf, Global Head of Siemens Plant Security Services said. http://bit.ly/2wiqW5l
Siemens and ISA will be hosting their first series of live webinars, titled “Cybersecurity for Control Systems in Process Automation,” and it will be hosted by Robert Thompson, Siemens Plant Security Services Product Solution Security Officer (PSSO). The webinars will also be co-hosted by Eric Cosman, ISA 99/IEC 62443 Committee Co-Chair. Manufacturers can sign up now to attend the online web-conference here for the North American session or here for the European webinar.
The longer a business waits to take the time to learn how to protect their information, the greater the risk becomes of their company experiencing one of these detrimental disruptions. Understanding the threats is the first step toward addressing vulnerabilities in the increasingly connected manufacturing industry. Partnerships like the one between Siemens and ISA are doing a tremendous service for the manufacturing industry as a whole, it’s time to take advantage of these kinds initiatives.