Honeywell technology first to proactively manage cyber security risk for industrial sites

Honeywell Process Solutions introduces the Cyber Security Risk Manager,
a new digital dashboard designed to proactively monitor, measure and manage cyber
security risk for control systems at critical facilities throughout the world.

Designed to give industrial users real-time visibility into their
processes, the Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security Risk Manager simplifies the
task of identifying areas of cyber security risk, providing greater understanding
and decision support required for action. The cyber security solution monitors
and measures cyber security risk in multi-vendor industrial environments at refineries,
power plants and other automated production sites that are potentially exposed
to cyberattacks.

Risk Manager is the latest addition to Honeywell’s end-to-end portfolio
of professional and managed services for industrial environments. Honeywell has
leveraged more than a decade of experience developing industrial cyber
protection to present the first digital dashboard for critical facilities.

A global survey on cyber security conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs
in September 2014 on behalf of Honeywell reveals that the threat of
cyberattacks on industrial targets is a major concern. Of the more than 5,000
adults in 10 countries surveyed about the threat of cyberattacks on critical
industries in their countries, three quarters of respondents said they were
fearful cyber criminals could hack into and control major sectors of the
economy. Two-thirds of those surveyed thought that the oil and gas, chemicals
and power industries were particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Jeff Zindel, global business leader Cyber Security, HPS observes that industrial
processors are increasingly challenged to understand their cyber security
risks, especially when they don’t know how to proceed on the data they are
provided or what to do in the event of an incident. Honeywell’s Risk Manager
changes this scenario by giving guidance on the potential impact of threats and
vulnerabilities as well as possible resolutions, making it easier to manage
cyber security risks.

Risk Manager uses advanced technologies that translate complex cyber security
indicators into clear measurements and key performance indicators (KPI), and
provides essential information through an easy-to-use interface. The intuitive
workflow allows users to create customised risk notification alerts and perform
detailed threat and vulnerability analysis so they can focus on managing risks
that are most important for reliable plant operations.

Zindel explains that the Risk Manager solution doesn’t require
industrial customers to be cyber security experts. An easy-to-use interface
allows users to prioritise and focus efforts on managing risks that are most
important for reliable plant operations, ensuring protection against
vulnerabilities and threats such as insecure network and system configurations,
rogue devices, intrusion attempts or malware among others.

Honeywell has included proprietary cyber protection software for more
than 10 years with its leading process automation solutions including Experion
process controls, which are used at industrial sites such as refineries,
chemical plants, gas processing units, power plants, mines and mills around the
world. The Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security group has delivered more than
1,000 industrial cyber security projects globally during this period.

Key benefits of Honeywell’s Cyber Security Risk Manager include ability
to monitor plant assets within and across all security zones of a plant,
including third-party systems; solution aligned with ISA 62443, allowing it to calculate
accurate risk scores; and real-time measurement of risk in line with industry
standard risk management methodologies so that risk scores can be used
consistently and accurately throughout a corporation’s risk and governance
efforts. 

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