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Pavlodar Oil Chemistry Refinery ups cyber security measures

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Pavlodar Oil Chemistry Refinery (POCR LLP) has initiated a project to improve its industrial cyber-safety processes and technology measures. The implementation of Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity, along with employee training, has become a key step in the refinery’s systematic approach to providing reliable protection from cyberthreats.

According to the Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT report, 46% of industrial automation systems in Kazakhstan were attacked in 1Q17.

POCR LLP is among Kazakhstan’s largest oil refining and production companies. It uses advanced equipment and automation technologies for industrial processes. Facing challenging targets to increase petroleum product processing, the Refinery significantly increased its degree of automation for industrial processes, and, therefore, faced increased requirements for information security in its automated process control system.

After considering different options for protecting production without interrupting processes, POCR selected Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity as its cyber security platform.

The company also chose to boost its employees’ awareness of cyber security. Dedicated industrial security training for the company’s personnel was conducted to provide reliable protection for all components of the industrial environment – from workplaces to servers and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). These measures and technologies help to maintain the continuity and stability of technological processes, along with reliable protection against cyberthreats.

“Kaspersky Lab’s task was to ensure the cybersecurity of industrial computers and the SCADA servers, as well as provide a tool to control the core parameters of the industrial processes. The solution also needed to have no impact on industrial processes, requiring no changes to the SCADA configuration. This was accomplished in full by Kaspersky Lab,” Semyon Tikhonenko, Chief Information Security specialist at POCR, commented.

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