Siemens opens three cybersecurity centers

Apr 04, 2016

Siemens AG reported in March that it opened Cyber Security Operation Centers (CSOC) in Munich, Germany; Lisbon, Portugal; and Milford, Ohio. Industrial security specialists at these sites will monitor industrial facilities worldwide for cyber threats, warn companies in the event of security incidents, and coordinate proactive countermeasures.

These protective measures are part of Siemens Plant Security Services that support manufacturing and processing industry firms encountering constantly changing security threats—even as they must increase plant availability and networking to participate in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0.

These security services range from security assessments and installation of protective measures, such as firewalls and virus protection, through to continuous surveillance of plants with its Managed Security Services, which are offered by the CSOCs. If their experts detect an increased risk, they give the customer an early warning, issue recommendations for proactive countermeasures and coordinate their implementation.

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These countermeasures are based on the criticality of the incident and the likely impact on the customer's business, and they include modifying firewall rules or providing updates for closing gaps in security.

Additionally, Siemens provides forensic analyses of security incidents, which enables companies to prepare reports that comply with international standards such as ISO 27002 or IEC 62443, and client's also receive a transparent view of their plant's security status. Siemens Plant Security Services use products from its collaboration partner Intel Security, including McAfee VirusScan, McAfee Application Control, McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), as well as McAfee Enterprise Security Manager with Security Information and Event Management.