Honeywell boosts industrial cyber defence capabilities in ME

Launches facility to strengthen cyber security preparedness for industrial customers in the region

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Honeywell boosts industrial cyber defence capabilities in ME At the facility, Honeywell can demonstrate cyber security solutions and controls in attack scenarios.
By  David Ndichu Published  February 14, 2018

Honeywell has opened an industrial cyber security demo centre in Dubai.

The Centre of Excellence (COE) provides a safe off-process environment to test and demonstrate process control network vulnerabilities and threats, train customers with real-time attack simulations and customer consultations.

Jeff Zindel, vice president and general manager at Honeywell industrial cyber security explained that the centre, the first of its kind in the region, is dedicated to developing world-class industrial cyber security expertise for its customers in the Middle East.

“(The COE) provides a safe, real-world environment to learn in, allowing us to innovate and augment industrial cyber security skills. The centre is also a critical part of Honeywell’s network of global Cyber Security COEs dedicated to improving industrial cyber security for critical infrastructure, information technology and operational technology (IT/OT) convergence and digital transformation,” Zindel added.

The centre contains distributed control systems, a physical plant process and industrial cyber security software and solutions. It includes data analytics and networking equipment capable of supporting training sessions, demonstrations, workshops, and cyber-attack simulations. The facility is staffed by a full-time operations team with expertise in industrial cyber security and operational technology (OT).

“As threats to industrial control environments become more sophisticated, it will be crucial to train the workforce of the industry for effective cyber security implementation,” said Safdar Akhtar, business development director of industrial cyber security for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Honeywell Process Solutions. “At the centre, we are able to demonstrate cyber security solutions and controls in attack scenarios to show which of them are most effective at combatting various attacks.”

The COE also provides a hub in the region to collect customer feedback and collaborate with global research and development teams to help develop solutions for the region and global markets, the company said. Some of the key Honeywell solutions available in the centre include Risk Manager, Experion PKS, Secure Media Exchange (SMX), Advanced Threat Intelligence Exchange (ATIX), ICS Shield and Industrial Managed Security Services.

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