Working to Secure Safety

Monday, January 30, 2017 @ 02:01 PM gHale


In quite a few manufacturing environments, security is trying to jump on to the coattails of safety. After all, safety has been around for decades, why not learn from experts in that field and apply that to security.

However, with more enterprises connecting from across the business, and with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) becoming more prevalent, safety systems need to learn a thing or two from security professionals.

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That is where TUV Rheinland and OpenSky come in as they have extended their portfolio of functional safety audits and certifications for critical infrastructures and industry to include extensive cyber security analyses and examinations.

“With the advent of Industry 4.0, functional safety can no longer be considered in isolation,” said Heinz Gall, Functional Safety & Security expert at TUV Rheinland.

“Cyber security is an essential success factor: To protect central supply systems, as an important precondition for functional safety in manufacturing processes; for secure automated data exchange between networked production systems, and for availability and reliability in production;” said Nigel Stanley, cyber security specialist at OpenSky.

The need to regularly examine current safety and security strategies in the industry and the need to further develop intelligent controls and solutions will continue to rise as smart processing continues to accelerate, Gall and Stanley agreed.

TUV Rheinland and OpenSky developed an interdisciplinary risk management approach for component manufacturers and system integrators of industrial control systems that focuses equally on functional safety and cyber security.

It ends up based on a solid risk analysis over an entire lifecycle, starting with the development phase and the need to design in safety and security.

The service includes in-depth cyber security evaluations, including vulnerability, hardness and penetration tests.

Besides complying with regulatory requirements, component manufacturers and integrators of industrial systems can use the TUV Rheinland and OpenSky approach to attain more challenging security maturity levels as defined by IEC 62443.



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