Shell bolsters security with Wurldtech

07 April 2009

Wurldtech Security Technologies has joined forces with oil and gas giant Shell to boost the security and reliability of Shell’s global operations. The partnership is designed to drive cyber security improvements throughout the company’s infrastructure supply chain.

The co-operation will include the integration of Wurldtech’s network testing platform, Achilles Satellite, into Shell’s internal testing and risk assessment activities, the adoption of Wurldtech’s Achilles Level 1 Certification into procurement requirements and factory acceptance tests, and the joint research and development of proactive cyber threat mitigation technologies.

’We are very pleased to be working with Wurldtech, a partner clearly committed to the advancement of intelligent cyber security solutions for the oil industry with a proven track record of thought-leadership,’ said Ted Angevaare, global technology leader process automation for Shell. ‘This co-operation will compliment Shell’s ongoing cyber security initiatives and provides our world-class security team with the technology necessary to drive significant security improvements throughout our process control networks.’

The first step in this co-operation involves the adoption of Wurldtech’s Achilles Satellite testing platform by Shell’s internal DACA security team. The Satellite will be used throughout Shell’s testing facilities and as a major part of ongoing cyber risk assessment activities to gain a greater level of visibility into the robustness of their current and future industrial automation networks. To extend this effort, Shell will also start to phase-in Wurldtech’s cyber security certification criteria into their vendor procurement requirements and factory acceptance tests. This will start with the introduction of Achilles Level 1 certification for embedded controllers and evolve into categories for other devices and applications such as DCS HMI’s and network communication infrastructure.

Finally, with patch management also being a major concern to operators of industrial automation networks, Wurldtech and Shell will combine resources to accelerate the development of next generation cyber risk management technologies. Driven by Wurldtech’s Delphi database, the resulting solutions are designed to provide advancements in risk mitigation strategies. This achieved by integrating automated intelligence into existing infrastructure to remediate errors known to jeopardise process integrity as soon as the errors are identified.

’The security team at Shell has consistently demonstrated strong leadership and a proactive approach when it comes to protecting the reliability of their global infrastructure, and we are extremely excited to help raise the bar even further,’ said Tyler Williams, president and CEO of Wurldtech Security Technologies. ‘This co-operation will not only enable Shell to enhance their own internal cyber security posture, but also represents the first step in a larger scale effort to provide a scalable reference model and business case from which to drive benefit-driven cyber security improvements throughout critical infrastructures worldwide.’

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