Companies follow control system / safety system integration pattern

Wurldtech and exida partner to provide cyber security certification for larger integrated systems.

03/20/2009


As process safety systems are becoming increasingly integrated with process control systems, it follows any system connected one way or another to the Internet provides potential attack vectors .

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that companies involved in the safety arena are paying more attention to cyber security concerns. So there’s logic to the idea that two companies that are highly visible in their respective specialties should combine their resources. Wurldtech Security Technologies and exida have done just that and announced a partnership that will allow exida to use Wurldtech’s Achilles cyber security testing and certification tools as it evaluates and certifies safety systems. The companies also say that this will create a foundation for ongoing joint developments.

“The Achilles Certified brand is trusted globally as a benchmark for security and its adoption has resulted in a significant improvement in the security and reliability of global critical infrastructures,” says Tyler Williams, Wurldtech president. “By partnering with exida, we are able to expand our current program into new markets and leverage their safety expertise to jointly evolve the program to meet the certification needs of the automation industry today and into the future.”

This partnership was formed in response to customer requests to expand the current Achilles program and include new categories such as control applications, industrial networking infrastructure, and both operator integration and vendor development processes. By combining security certification criteria, technology, and expertise with well-established policies, procedures, and best practices from the safety industry, Wurldtech and exida will be able to offer a comprehensive and streamlined certification process to the global industrial automation industry.

Exida considers this particularly important since it has found actual safety system installations that passed certification to IEC 61508 still contained possible cyber attack vulnerabilities that surfaced during more extensive evaluation. Similarly, even though many control systems have been certified on the OEM level using Achilles testing, vulnerabilities can be opened during installation and integration with the safety system, so exida contends that it is critically important to test the whole system as installed and integrated.

“Process control system operators want to minimize risk and maximize uptime and suppliers want to be first to market with certified, reliable systems,” says John Cusimano, exida director of security services. “By bringing the safety and cyber security certification processes together, operators and suppliers have a single source for all of their certification needs.”

Read an earlier story on Achilles testing .

Peter Welander, process industries editor
Control Engineering News Desk
Register for free topical eNewsletters on automation, controls, and instrumentation .





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
IIoT grows up; Six ways to lower IIoT costs; Six mobile safety strategies; 2017 Salary Survey
2016 Top Plant; 2016 Best Practices on manufacturing progress, efficiency, safety
2016 Product of the Year; Diagnose bearing failures; Asset performance management; Testing dust collector performance measures
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
What controller fits your application; Permanent magnet motors; Chemical manufacturer tames alarm management; Taking steps in a new direction
Tying a microgrid to the smart grid; Paralleling generator systems; Previewing NEC 2017 changes
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role of plant safety and offers advice on best practices.
This article collection contains several articles on preventing compressed air leaks and centrifugal air compressor basics and best practices for the "fifth utility" in manufacturing plants.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
click me