Certification for industrial cyber security experts

18 March 2019

TÜV Rheinland has launched a new personnel certification program to address the demand for cybersecurity expertise in the operational technology (OT) and industrial security sector.

Commenting on the move, Nigel Stanley, chief technology officer, Operational Technology and Industrial Cybersecurity at TÜV Rheinland, said: “As an engineer leading other engineers I see the huge value in an externally verified certification program to help me benchmark the expertise of my team. This part of the cybersecurity market is one of the most complex to deliver in, and anything that helps improve quality is beneficial. There are lots of emerging certifications in this sector but the TÜV Rheinland approach focuses on the key requirements of safety and cybersecurity.” 

The Certified Operational Technology Cybersecurity Professional (TÜV) certification program will actively assess candidates using a combination of a professional career review, interview and technical examination. 

Experts who meet the required standard will receive certification from TÜV Rheinland and this will allow them to use the title ‘Certified Operational Technology Cybersecurity Professional (TÜV)’. Certified experts are expected to continue their professional development and must undergo a new evaluation by TÜV Rheinland every three years to retain their certification. 

In such a complex area of cybersecurity, a third-party verified certification program can help companies benchmark the expertise of their teams against the demands of industrial cybersecurity.
Candidates for the new certification program should have at least 10 years of experience in cybersecurity, including five years in leadership roles. 

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