“An inconvenient Truth” at Emerson Global Users Exchange

From 7 to 9 March 2018, the Emerson Global users Exchange 2018 takes place in the World Forum, The Hague. Hudson Cybertec, the cyber security solution provider for the OT domain, will present “An inconvenient Truth About Vulnerability Analysis In IACS”. Thousands of participants from around the world gather at this annual event, from engineers to senior management. Together they visit over 180 sessions, mostly where industry peers share their experience. The event furthermore hosts a 5000m2 expo, where participants can obtain hands-on experience with innovative technologies.

“An Inconvenient Truth” bij Emerson Global Users Exchange

Each year, the number of vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACS) increases dramatically. Developments such as IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and LoRa (Long Range data communication) provide a greater exposure in this “hyperconnected” world. Threats such as ransomware and DDoS attacks will have a significantly increased impact.

To protect your industrial automation and control systems (IACS) and networks from malicious influences, it is important to investigate vulnerabilities regularly in a structured manner. A cyber security assessment is the best way to achieve this. An assessment gives organizations insight in the actual security situation, so they know where they stand. Often performing a pen-test comes to mind. But is running a pen-test within your IACS domain (e.g. your ICS and SCADA systems) appropriate? A good assessment gives attention to people, process and technology, the aspects that have an effect at cyber security within organizations. An assessment is the necessary first step to a responsible cyber security policy.

This presentation gives insight into different misconceptions regarding vulnerability analysis within the IACS domain. This presentation covers the differences between IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) in the field of vulnerability analysis. These environments each have their own characteristics and must be approached differently to avoid adverse effects on your primary process. Especially for the IACS environment the IEC 62443 cyber security standard was developed and takes into account the specific circumstances of this environment. This standard helps your organization to mitigate specific IACS cyber security risks.

The presentation by Hudson Cybertec will give participants insight in several misconceptions regarding vulnerability analysis within the IACS domain.

For more information about the event, visit http://www.emersonexchange.org/emea/

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Monitoring your OT environment is essential. You know what is happening on your network and see to what extent you are compliant with various cyber security standards and laws and regulations.

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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