Protect Processing Sectors With Robust Cybersecurity
Protect Processing Sectors With Robust Cybersecurity
Like most industries, processing—covering chemical, oil, and gas—has become increasingly dependent on computer systems and other digital technologies. Almost all activities now count on the reliability and security of information technology (IT) systems.
Although technology offers unprecedented opportunities to scale, innovate, and optimise, it also renders the entire industry more vulnerable to cyberattacks, and amplifies the damage caused by such breaches. Moreover, attackers’ campaigns are becoming more sophisticated and strategic.
In particular, Operations Technology (OT), or computer systems that control valves, motors, pumps, power grids, and industrial plants, is under heightened threat. These systems have become major targets of cyberattacks. Any kind of disruption to these critical components can sever access to essential products and services.
This is why IT and OT Security needs to be one of the processing industry’s top priorities. These systems require enterprise-wide risk management and top-notch cybersecurity governance.
1. Fulfilling minimum cybersecurity requirements
While there is no universal regulation for industrial cyber security followed globally, a number of jurisdictions implement their own regulations. But these regulations are constantly changing along with the world’s rapidly developing innovations. From risk assessment analysis to detection, and cyber security management systems and attack prevention, it could be difficult to keep step without employed cybersecurity experts or security awareness and knowledge.
TÜV SÜD refines cybersecurity requirements for the processing industry. We can help you meet these needs so you can stay abreast with ever-changing trends.
From the plant-wide system and corporate network, including individual pumps, valves, and motors, all of these are becoming highly dependent on computer systems commonly known as the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) network. This dependence can be a major point of cyberattack that can cripple the whole operation of critical infrastructures (KRITIS (§8A BSIG) and NERC CIP). It is thus essential to enable emergency planning and protect your smart industry readiness index. TÜV SÜD can help you achieve your strategic goals and improve your SCADA security.
With its increasing importance, industrial cybersecurity is not only a requirement–it is a competitive advantage. Organisations looking to improve brand reputation and trustworthiness can do so using TÜV SÜD’s reliable IT infrastructure and secure IT systems. Consistent data and operations security will encourage customers to continue using services as the overall brand image improves. Enhanced security awareness also impacts profit margins as it averts costly regulatory requirements and penalties.
Globally recognised as a brand of trust, TÜV SÜD has proven itself through numerous accreditations and credible industry expertise. Our dependability for a wide variety of independent and unbiased engineering expertise helps you improve your security awareness and proficiency.
We can bring your operations up to par with standards such as NERC CIP and ISO 27001, and the industry’s best practices. We likewise understand how rapid the industrial cybersecurity landscape changes, and we can aid in foreseeing and adapting to new risks. Our services can be customised to local and global standards depending on your needs.
When you choose TÜV SÜD as your partner in SCADA security, you gain access to international standardisation committees in the processing industry.
With our wide network of industry experts and institutions, you can trust us as your partner for strategic cybersecurity planning. Our relationships with longtime clients can prove our capability to assist in industrial cybersecurity needs. Whatever you require, we can fulfill them to help you gain competitive ground in the processing industry.
TÜV SÜD facilitates a safe and secure digital transformation for your processing operations to minimise risks and maximise efficiency.
Cultivating cybersecurity culture and awareness
While technology is rapidly evolving, some companies are unable to immediately adapt, leading to a lack of new systems cognition like cybersecurity. In order to future-proof your organisation, it’s essential to integrate cybersecurity into the culture and operations.
Developing cybersecurity talents
If you’ve cultivated security awareness in your facility, you need to make sure this is adequately maintained and transmitted through training and programs. The next step is to get experts to operate your industrial cybersecurity. Train or hire cybersecurity professionals to protect your operations from any threats.
Readying an emergency response plan
While the SCADA network makes operations more manageable and accessible, it also opens your KRITIS facilities to cyber threats. In such cases, building an incident response plan must be in place. It is crucial to maintain and test this through tabletop exercises to meet ISO 27001 standards.
Reinforcing your OT security
As KRITIS facilities handle essential goods, your organisation becomes an attractive target for cyberattacks that threaten to cripple operations. Companies must protect the facilities’ operational technology and provide ample OT security to prevent severe disruptions to society.
Utilising reliable and secure IT infrastructures and systems
Cyberattacks can abruptly upend organisations and long-standing institutions. To keep your operations running without disruption, you must equip your facilities with reliable IT infrastructure and secure IT systems that are able to support robust industrial cybersecurity.
Strengthening your position as enabler and mitigating risks
In operations dealing with essential goods, the wide customer base opens up to potential risks due to various touchpoints. Proving an organisation’s capability as an enabler along the value chain, along with the capacity to mitigate risks, strengthens company-customer relationships.
Proving your reliability in OT security
Responsible for essential goods, KRITIS and/or NERC facilities need to be fully operational to fulfil society’s economic and social needs. Ensuring there are little to no interruptions in your operations prove your reliability that clients demand.