Thursday 25 April 2013

Certification for process systems cyber security

Wurldtech Security Technologies’ Achilles® certification recognises best practices to protect process control equipment against evolving cyber security threats

Emerson Process Management’s DeltaV™ digital automation system and its project and engineering support services have successfully passed annual best practice standards set by Wurldtech Security Technologies, a world leader in protecting mission-critical connected systems and devices.

Emerson has taken a leading role in responding to increased global cyber-security threats by providing cost-effective, easy-to-use protections to its DeltaV digital process automation system. Because of the dynamic nature of cyber security threats, manufacturers participating in Wurldtech’s Achilles Practices Certification programme must re-certify every year. Annual audits help participants improve their cyber security processes and practices, development, testing, commissioning, maintenance and support throughout an automation system’s lifecycle.

Building on industry security requirements set by the International Instrument Users Association (WIB), Wurldtech created its programme to proactively and independently certify that manufacturer policies and practices meet and exceed these requirements.

"Wurldtech set the bar for device manufacturer cyber security," said Emerson Process Management’s chief strategic officer Peter Zornio. "Now, with the Achilles Practices Certification they’ve expanded coverage to the entire control system and its lifecycle. This certification is just one testament to Emerson’s on-going commitment to helping process industries meet current and emerging international cyber security standards and regulations, and most importantly, protecting their process and assets."

"We congratulate Emerson on this achievement," said Wurldtech CTO and founder, Nate Kube. "By certifying its DeltaV system and its service practices for project engineering and support, Emerson can better meet cyber security expectations through globally recognised standards."

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1 comment:

  1. It's interesting that they used the brand Achilles.
    It epitomises an inherent weakness to be exploited.