Evaluating the Security Profile of Production Plants



  • In the course of digitalization commercial IT and Shop floor OT (Opearation Technology) more strongly integrated.
  • Shopfloor OT persists still numerous aged proprietary of  Industrial Control System (ICS), which are now to be accompanied by latest ICS, based on Standard Operating System and applying Middleware Standard.
  • Shopfloor-OT-Systems are exposed to new threats with perimeter less security models and IIOT as well as integration into commercial IT and the cloud.
  • CISOs concentrate on the global IT -landscape, perimeter prevention and the system integration, though often neglects security standards in individual systems.
Imagining IT Differently

Imagining IT Differently

  • Central development of self assessment based on NIST      SP 800-82; the NIST-domains provided by the SP800-82 offer a stronger focus on the DO-phase of PDCA-cycle for ICS.
  • Self-assessment questions which are base upon NIST SP 800-82 are assigned to other Security standards (COBIT5, VDA, ISO27001) to enable integration with other security systems.
  • Preparation of communication packages with building blocks for the roll out communication, an Onboarding presentation and a “How-to”- presentation for Information security representatives; planning and execution of roll-outs.
  • Automated analysis, so that local Information security representatives can take the necessary measures directly.
  • Assessment tested successfully in 8 large systems.

Future Made Possible

  • Facilitating local Information security representatives, to identify the security gaps in their own plants.
  • Enabling global CISOs, to focus on synergies based on system results and to prioritize the Hotspots with High risks.
  • Enabling the set-up of a best practice-community , so that well proven practices can be applied from one plant to another.
  • Streamlining the on-site assessment.
  • Initiating immediate actions that lead to begin of the continuous improvement cycle in the shop-floor.
  • The evaluation will be gradually expanded  to 150 plants worldwide.