Norwegian oil and gas industry increases cyber security knowledge

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Last November, Hudson Cybertec gave a 3-day cyber security training to companies in the Norwegian Oil & Gas industry, in Sandvika, Norway. The training was held from November 8 to 10  and was held by request of DNV-GL. The participating companies to the training are united in a Joint Industry Project (JIP), which is a sector-wide initiative for the practical use of the IEC 62443 standard in the oil and gas industry

Participants to the training came from oil & gas companies Lundin, Shell and Statoil. Furthermore employees from ABB, Emerson, Honeywell, Kongsberg Maritime, Siemens, Aker Solutions and DNV-GL participated in the training.

During the training cyber security for the Industrial Automation & Control Systems (IACS) was handled, something all participating companies have to deal with. The IEC 62443 Cyber Security standard for IACS environments was handled extensively and indepth. Main goal of the training was to give all participants a common basis to further build upon the the JIP.

Embracing the IEC 62443 standard by JIP is yet another confirmation that the standard plays in increasingly important role in cyber security for IACS environments. The market demand is further expanding, not only from within the oil & gas industry, but from other critical infrastructure sectors as well. End-users, suppliers of IACS systems and system integrators increasingly see the big advantages that the IEC 62443 standard has to offer. End-users have increasing demands to their suppliers and system integrators, for a demonstrable knowledge about the IEC 62443 standard and support thereof. Adopting the IEC 62443 allows them to communicate their cyber security demands and wishes in a uniform way to suppliers and system integrators, allowing end-users to manage cyber security of their IACS environments.

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IEC 62443 Standard

The IEC 62443 standard offers your organization tools to improve the digital security and safety of your IACS environment. Implementation of the standard improves the cybersecurity level of your organization's OT / ICS / SCADA environment.

The IEC 62443 is the international cybersecurity standards framework for operational technology (OT). The framework consists of a collection of standards, technical reports and related information for securing Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS).

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Hudson Cybertec’s IEC 62443 Competence Center has extensive experience with this standard. We play an active role in the development of the standard, actively promote it internationally and have developed a training program around the IEC 62443.

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It is becoming increasingly important for organizations to be able to demonstrate that the digital security of the OT environment is in accordance with standards frameworks. It is therefore possible to certify (parts of) your IACS environment according to IEC 62443.

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If you want to know more about this standard and need training on how to apply it within your own organization or at your clients, Hudson Cybertec has a number of very interesting training courses for you.

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The IEC 62443 standard provides organizations with tools to improve the digital security and safety of OT / ICS / SCADA environments.

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