Honeywell Opens Cybersecurity Research Lab

Apr 03, 2015

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) opens the Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security Lab to advance its development and testing of new technologies and software to defend industrial facilities and operations such as refineries and manufacturing plants from cyber attacks.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), reported cyber incidents on industrial targets in 2014 continue to increase and are up more than 25% since 2011. ICS-CERT’s latest report also says that in 40% of incidents that were reported, experts did not know how hackers intruded the system because of a lack of detection and monitoring capabilities. Similar concerns are reflected in a global survey on cybersecurity conducted in September 2014 on behalf of Honeywell. In that survey, more than 75% of respondents from 10 countries say they are fearful that cyber criminals could disrupt major sectors of the economy, and identify the oil and gas, chemicals and power industries as particularly vulnerable.

The Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security Lab, located in Duluth, Ga., includes a model of a complete process control network that Honeywell cybersecurity experts will leverage for proprietary research, hands-on training and to develop, test and certify industrial cybersecurity solutions. The lab will help accelerate development time of new cyber protection technologies and speed availability to customers, according to the company. Honeywell’s Industrial Cyber Security group also adds a number of cybersecurity experts to increase the bench strength of its development and business teams.

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