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Siemens-PAS Partnership Provides ICS Cybersecurity

By Chemical Processing Staff

Sep 20, 2017

Siemens and PAS Global agree to provide fleet-wide, real time monitoring for control systems. The partnership will reportedly provide customers with deep analytics to identify and inventory proprietary assets and visibility to detect and respond effectively to cyber attacks across the operating environment. 

According to recent research conducted by Ponemon Institute on the state of cybersecurity in the U.S. oil and gas industry, deployment of cybersecurity measures in the industry isn’t keeping pace with the growth of digitalization in oil and gas operations. Just 35% of survey respondents rate their organization’s OT cyber readiness as high. Sixty-eight percent of respondents say their organization experienced at least one cyber compromise, while 61% say their organization’s industrial control systems protection and security is not adequate.

The Siemens-PAS global strategic partnership bridges the visibility gap for distributed, legacy control assets to provide a comprehensive view into fleet security, according to Siemens. Focused on gathering detailed configuration data down to the sensor, the partnership will reportedly enable customers to secure proprietary systems in multi-vendor environments – guarding against cyber attacks as well as unauthorized engineering changes.

“Utilities and the oil and gas sector confront sophisticated, persistent and aggressive cyber threats in the operational environment. Enhanced fleet-wide visibility is critical to detecting attacks and anomalies at the earliest possible stage,” says Leo Simonovich, Siemens vice president for global cybersecurity.

“With smarter, integrated automation comes a difficult challenge that has repercussions from the boardroom to facility operations: ICS cybersecurity,” says Eddie Habibi, founder and CEO of PAS Global. “It is generally well understood that you cannot secure what you cannot see. That is why accurate, up-to-date visibility of system inventory is a fundamental element of any cybersecurity solution.”

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