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Honeywell Controller Receives Critical Security Certification

By Chemical Processing Staff

Aug 23, 2017

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) announces that its ControlEdge Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) received ISASecure Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) Level 2 certification by exida, the ISO 17065 accredited certification body who conducted the assessment. The certification recognizes the integrity of both the PLC and its development lifecycle, and includes rigorous communication robustness testing as well as functional and software development security assessments. 

According to Honeywell, ControlEdge PLC is the first PLC to be awarded the ISASecure Level 2 certification, which builds on the Level 1 capabilities by providing additional security features such as the confidentiality and integrity of data at rest and in motion, detection of unauthorized changes and additional protection against Denial of Service attacks. The ISASecure-compliant controller has features including a secure boot capability to prevent uploading of unauthorized software and a built-in firewall. PLC communication can also be secured using IPSec to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks and unauthorized access.

“In the current operational environment, a strong cyber security defense is an essential part of control system safety and availability,” says Andrew D’Amelio, vice president and general manager of HPS’ Process Measurement and Control business. “That defense starts with industrial control devices such as PLCs that are resilient to rogue communications and unauthorized access, and developed with a security mindset.”

The ISASecure program has been developed by the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) based upon the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards, with a goal to improve cyber security for industrial automation and control systems.

For more information, visit: www.honeywellprocess.com