A current statistic published by ICS-CERT, the U.S. authority for protection from cyberattacks, shows that the number of attacks to critical infrastructures is increasing. According to a study of the consulting firm KPMG in Switzerland, 54 % of the organizations have experienced a cyber attack in 2016. Nevertheless, “The growing number of cyber-attacks is a fact we cannot ignore. This, however, must not be a reason to avoid digitalization in industrial production.
We should consider cybersecurity a competitive advantage rather than a cost factor,” emphasizes Helmuth Ludwig, chief information officer at Siemens. That is why Industrial Security, the comprehensive security concept, is an essential component of the Digital Enterprise, Siemens’ Industrie 4.0 solution. Ensuring industrial security requires continual monitoring and adaptation of new security measures.
Among others, the Computer Emergency Response Team for Products (ProductCERT) is responsible for cybersecurity at Siemens. “Users only trust providers that deal transparently with discovered vulnerabilities in their products,” says ProductCERT leader Klaus Lukas. To safeguard its customers’ digital world, his team has a threestep approach: prevention, early identification, and professional treatment of security vulnerabilities in Siemens products.