exida certifies Honeywell Safety Manager to Achilles Level 1

From the press release:


SELLERSVILLE, PA (February 9, 2010) -- exida, a global supplier of functional safety and security services, engineering tools and certifications, has certified the communication security and robustness of Honeywell’s Experion® Safety Manager to the Achilles™ Level I evaluation standard. Certification provides Honeywell and other equipment manufacturers with an independently verified and internationally recognized means to demonstrate the resiliency of their Ethernet-enabled critical control and safety systems to customers.

"There is a growing urgency within hydrocarbon processing industries and other critical infrastructure sectors to ensure that their control systems are protected from intentional or accidental cyber threats," says John Cusimano, director of cyber security solutions for exida. . "This is particularly crucial for safety instrumented systems (SIS) that are often the last line of defense in preventing serious process safety incidents.

"Functional safety certification has been a mandatory SIS requirement for years, but it does not address cyber vulnerabilities," Cusimano continues. "Functional security, in combination with functional safety, is critical in assessing the overall integrity of a SIS. Communication robustness testing, such as Achilles Level I, provides the foundation of such a program."

"Honeywell has gone to great lengths to ensure our critical control and safety products are secure by design," says Kevin Staggs, engineering fellow at Honeywell Process Solutions. "Achieving Achilles Level I certification from exida is a key step in demonstrating that the Honeywell Safety Manager meets stringent industry best practices and performance benchmarks for safety and security."