By Billy Thinnes
Siemens has rolled out a managed security service in the US,
with the goal of providing continuous protection to
production environments, the company said on Wednesday.
The offering includes assessment of security posture,
implementation of recommended security measures and
transitions into ongoing defense against rapidly-evolving
cyber security threats in industrial control system
These services will first be introduced in the US, soon to be
followed by Europe and Asia.
Siemens is expanding its existing security portfolio by
providing holistic protection to manufacturing sites.
Siemens approach is to partner with customers to help
them build sustainable industrial security programs, by
leveraging expertise in automation and industrial cyber
Global cyber threats are rapidly evolving, and it also
takes continuous and comprehensive action to protect
production environments, says Jagannath Rao, president
of Siemens Industry Customer Services. This
new managed service will allow customers to stay focused on
their core business while entrusting the implementation of
their security program to Siemens as a knowledgeable
Companies are understanding that cyber security
commands the attention of those at the helm of the enterprise
because of its sheer gravity and magnitude, said Raj
Batra, president of Siemens Industry Automation. With
that C-level focus, the rest of the enterprise quickly
follows suit, but they need help, and thats where
vendors like Siemens come in.
The specific requirements for security of an industrial
control system (ICS) environment differ from the enterprise
requirements of corporate IT. In a production environment,
availability is a key security goal. To ensure uninterrupted
production and maximized uptime requires comprehensive
protection of the people, processes and equipment.
The impacts of a successful attack can be serious, and
include health, safety and ICS environmental impacts along
with manipulation of data, IP theft, sabotage of production
and plant down time.
Conducting industrial security presents challenges, such as a
lack of qualified individuals to design, implement and
respond to incidents; a rapid increase in number of
industrial security threats and attacks; lack of global
threat intelligence to enable pro-active defensive measures;
insufficient data to make business decision based upon risk;
and emerging government rules and regulations.
The new Siemens offering is aimed at helping customers move
away from point solutions for security to a comprehensive
security program delivered through a managed security
service, making security an ongoing lifecycle.