Siemens and TÜV SÜD said they will provide digital safety and security assessments to help address cyber attacks on critical infrastructure as well as industrial vulnerability assessments to help global energy customers identify asset risk and cybersecurity solutions.
Under this partnership, TÜV SÜD will offer digital assessments that incorporate Siemens as a provider of cybersecurity vulnerability assessments across the entire cyber asset management lifecycle. The digital assessments of industrial control systems in both the oil and gas and power generation sectors (nuclear applications excluded) will be vendor-agnostic, meaning they will not be limited to customers using products and technologies manufactured and supplied by Siemens.
Critical infrastructure in the energy sector continues to be a primary target for hackers, the companies said. This new risk environment, with a record number of near-miss safety events at plants around the world, poses significant potential for damage to the health and safety of people, processes, plants and products. Cyber threats to the environment, finance and supply chains jeopardize the entire global economy. In this IoT-driven (Internet of Things) environment, where energy systems are increasingly connected, supplying data consolidation, visualization and evaluation, there is a heightened need for high-level trust and confidence in digital safety and security.
“Leveraging TÜV SÜD’s expertise in safety and Siemens’s strength in digital security, redefines how energy companies will manage their growing physical and digital safety and security challenges,” said John Tesoro, president and CEO of TÜV SÜD North America. “TÜV SÜD has a long history of driving innovation, and is now at the forefront of cybersecurity testing, inspection and certification. TÜV SÜD’s role is consistent with the need for developing mandatory, independent third-party certification for critical infrastructure and solutions.”
In addition to this activity, both companies are members of the Charter of Trust, a global cybersecurity initiative. With 16 members, the Charter of Trust calls for binding rules and standards to build trust in cybersecurity and further advance digitalization. The Charter delineates 10 action areas in cybersecurity where governments and businesses must both become active.