Two German companies will band together on combatting cybersecurity threats to critical energy infrastructure worldwide through deeper assessments of industrial vulnerabilities.
Siemens and TÜV SÜD will team up to help global energy customers identify asset risk and cyber solutions. Power plants and other energy infrastructure are primary targets for hackers.
“This is about reducing risk,” said Leo Simonovich, vice president and global head for industrial cyber and digital security at Siemens. “Together, we will redefine an approach that will lead to reduction in the growing risks in the digital world, reducing risk in the physical world as well. Combining safety and security to address the human element–and strengthen trust–will provide an unprecedented view into risk.”
Under the partnership, TÜV SÜD and Siemens will offer digital assessments of industrial control systems, including for the oil, gas and power generation sectors. The assessments will not be limited to customers which only use Siemens products. Nuclear applications, however, are excluded from the range of services.
This new risk environment, with a record number of near-miss safety events at plants around the world, poses significant potential for damage to the health and safety of people, processes, plants and products. Cyberattacks are being executed more frequently, with higher level of sophistication and at a lower cost. Increased connectivity magnifies the threat surface in energy systems. From Shamoon to Industroyer to WannaCry, the need for a holistic cybersecurity solution should incorporate resiliency, hygiene and security by design, the companies said.
“Leveraging TÜV SÜD’s expertise in safety and Siemens’s strength in digital security, redefines how energy companies will manage their growing physical and digital safety and security challenges,” said John Tesoro, President and CEO of TÜV SÜD North America. “TÜV SÜD has a long history of driving innovation, and is now at the forefront of cybersecurity testing, inspection and certification. TÜV SÜD’s role is consistent with the need for developing mandatory, independent third-party certification for critical infrastructure and solutions,” added Tesoro.
Both companies are part of the Siemens-led Charter of Trust, which is focused on developing binding rules and standards to advance digitalization and improve cybersecurity. Companies committed to the Charter also include Airbus, Cisco, Intel, Total and Dell Technologies, among others.