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Cyber Security Operation Centers for the protection of industrial facilities

13 April 2016

Siemens has opened its Cyber Security Operation Centers (CSOC) for the protection of industrial facilities – a joint location in Lisbon and Munich and one in Ohio in the USA.

The industrial security specialists based at these sites will monitor industrial facilities across the globe for cyber threats, warning companies in the event of security incidents and coordinating proactive countermeasures.

The increased networking of industrial infrastructures calls for appropriate protective action for the automation environment. The latest protective measures form part of the company’s Plant Security Services, which range from security assessments and the installation of protective measures, such as firewalls and virus protection through to the continuous surveillance of plants with the Managed Security Services.

If the CSOC experts detect an increased risk, they give the customer an early warning, issue recommendations for proactive countermeasures and coordinate their implementation. The countermeasures are based on the criticality of the incident and the likely impact on the customer's business. They include modifying firewall rules or providing updates for closing gaps in security. In addition, Siemens provides forensic analyses of security incidents. Companies are then in a position to prepare reports that comply with international standards such as ISO 27002 or IEC 62443. Companies also receive a transparent view of security status of their plant.

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