Siemens, PAS Ink Monitoring Pact

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 04:09 PM gHale

Siemens and PAS Global unveiled an agreement Tuesday to provide real time monitoring for control systems.

The partnership will provide users with: Analytics to identify and inventory proprietary assets, and visibility to detect and respond to attacks across the operating environment.

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As the utilities and oil and gas sectors become increasingly digital to achieve revenue and efficiency gains, there is a corresponding need to identify cyber threats at their earliest stages – going beyond compliance regulations to secure operations. Organizations in these sectors must defend their entire digital footprint against persistent and highly sophisticated cyber threats without disrupting business processes.

Ponemon Institute found in a state of cybersecurity study in the U.S. oil and gas industry, deployment of cybersecurity measures in the industry isn’t keeping pace with the growth of digitalization in oil and gas operations.

In the study, 35 percent of survey respondents rate their organization’s OT cyber readiness as high. Sixty-eight percent of respondents said their organization experienced at least one cyber compromise, while 61 percent said their organization’s industrial control systems protection and security is not adequate.

The Siemens-PAS strategic partnership bridges the visibility gap for distributed, legacy control assets to provide a comprehensive view into fleet security. Focused on gathering detailed configuration data down to the sensor, the Siemens-PAS partnership should allow users to secure proprietary systems in multi-vendor environments – guarding against cyber attacks as well as unauthorized engineering changes.

PAS’ Cyber Integrity provides foundational inventory management that covers all major cyber assets found in plants today. It can also detect new or missing devices, aggregates configuration data at the asset level, baselines security-related data to monitor for change, and captures system interdependencies.

“Utilities and the oil and gas sector confront sophisticated, persistent and aggressive cyber threats in the operational environment. Enhanced fleet-wide visibility is critical to detecting attacks and anomalies at the earliest possible stage,” said Leo Simonovich, Siemens vice president for Global Cyber Security. 

“With smarter, integrated automation comes a difficult challenge that has repercussions from the boardroom to facility operations: ICS cybersecurity,” said Eddie Habibi, founder and chief executive of PAS Global. “It is generally well understood that you cannot secure what you cannot see. That is why accurate, up-to-date visibility of system inventory is a fundamental element of any cybersecurity solution.”

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