Middle East Cyber Center Opens

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 12:02 PM gHale

An industrial cyber security center of excellence (CoE) launched in Honeywell’s Middle East headquarters in Dubai.

The new CoE is a technology center with a safe off-process environment to test and demonstrate process control network vulnerabilities and threats, train customers with real-time attack simulations and provide advanced customer consultations.

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The CoE supports regional government initiatives such as the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy, aiming to strengthen cyber security defenses amidst growing digital transformation across industries. The new center will support a rapidly developing Middle East cyber security market. 

“(The CoE) provides a safe, real-world environment to learn in, allowing us to innovate and augment industrial cyber security skills,” said Jeff Zindel, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security. “The center is also a critical part of Honeywell’s network of global Cyber Security CoEs dedicated to improving industrial cyber security for critical infrastructure, information technology and operational technology (IT/OT) convergence and digital transformation.”

The center contains distributed control systems, a physical plant process and the latest industrial cyber security software and solutions. It includes data analytics and networking equipment capable of supporting unique training sessions, demonstrations, workshops, and cyber-attack simulations. The facility is led by a full-time operations team with deep industrial cyber security expertise and operational technology knowledge fundamental to help customers stay ahead of cyber threats.

“As threats to industrial control environments become more sophisticated, it will be crucial to train the workforce of the industry for effective cyber security implementation,” said Safdar Akhtar, business development director of Industrial Cyber Security for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Honeywell Process Solutions. “At the center, we are able to demonstrate cyber security solutions and controls in attack scenarios to show which of them are most effective at combatting various attacks.”

The CoE provides a hub in the region to collect customer feedback and collaborate with global research and development teams to help develop solutions for the region and global markets.



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