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Siemens and PAS form cybersecurity partnership

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Siemens and PAS Global have announced an agreement to provide fleet-wide, real time monitoring for control systems. By leveraging the capabilities of both companies, this partnership will provide customers with the deep analytics required to identify and inventory proprietary assets and visibility to detect and respond effectively to attacks across the operating environment.

As the oil and gas sector become increasingly digital to achieve revenue and efficiency gains, there is a corresponding need to identify cyber threats at their earliest stages – going beyond compliance regulations to secure operations. Organisations must defend their entire digital footprint against persistent and sophisticated cyber threats, without disrupting business processes.

According to recent research conducted by Ponemon Institute on the state of cybersecurity in the US oil and gas industry, deployment of cybersecurity measures in the industry is not keeping pace with the growth of digitalisation in oil and gas operations. Just 35% of survey respondents rate their organisation’s OT cyber readiness as high. 68% of respondents say their organisation experienced at least one cyber compromise, while 61% say their organisation’s industrial control systems protection and security is not adequate.

The Siemens-PAS global strategic partnership bridges the visibility gap for distributed, legacy control assets to provide a comprehensive view into fleet security. Focused on gathering detailed configuration data down to the sensor, the Siemens-PAS partnership will enable customers to secure proprietary systems in multi-vendor environments – guarding against cyber attacks as well as unauthorised engineering changes.

For more than two decades, PAS has solved operational and security challenges for leading chemical, refining and power companies across the globe. Its Cyber IntegrityTM solution provides foundational inventory management that covers all the major cyber assets found in plants today. The solution detects new or missing devices, aggregates configuration data at the asset level, baselines security-related data to monitor for change, and captures system interdependencies.

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