HUG: IT Solutions Group Forms

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 @ 05:06 PM gHale

Protecting against any kind of cyber attack is becoming a bigger emphasis today in the industrial automation space and Honeywell saw that trend has now formed its Industrial IT Solutions group.

This group will be a global team of experts that will focus on eliminating cyber threats against manufacturers, Honeywell officials said Tuesday at its Honeywell Users Group 2012 in Phoenix, AZ.

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The Industrial IT Solutions group, which will be a part of Honeywell Process Solutions, will focus on the design, performance assessment and protection of networks used in the process industry, including wireless instrument and SCADA platforms.

It will provide vendor-neutral technology and services required to assess, remediate, maintain and manage plant automation network performance, vulnerabilities and cyber security measures.

“Automation network security and performance has become a critical component of plant safety in the process industries,” said Jon Lippin, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Lifecycle Solutions and Services for Honeywell Process Solutions. “As control networks continue to expand and integrate to business systems, the risks and complexity of cyber vulnerabilities must be addressed with the same vigilance as process safety risks assessments.”

The Industrial IT Solutions group focuses on four key activities. One is assessing a plant’s assets against industry standards, regulatory requirements and best practices. A second one is remediating issues identified in the assessment phase with a custom-designed program. A third pillar is managing the plant’s industrial IT investment with support, training, and services such as network security administration, anti-virus management, and patch management. The fourth arm is maintaining the plant’s solutions through programs such as performance and security monitoring, change management, monthly status reporting, and other related services.

One Response to “HUG: IT Solutions Group Forms”

  1. the SCADAhacker says:

    This is a very positive step in the right direction by Honeywell. Cudos!

    I can’t wait to meet their team, and would expect that EVERY individual on this team has an impressive CV that contains the appropriate mix of alphabet soup after each contributors name, including CCNA, CCNA Security, CEH, CPT, CSSA, CISSP, etc.

    It is okay to “talk the talk” … but you really have to “walk the walk”. This is why the more progressive automation companies are augmenting their teams with reputable individuals with a proven track record of ICS security!

    Again … congrats on the new organization.

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