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Cassidian demonstrates cyber security offering

Package protects critical infrastructure from cyber attacks

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Critical infrastructure is potentially at risk of crippling cyber attack
Critical infrastructure is potentially at risk of crippling cyber attack

Security firm Cassidian CyberSecurity has demonstrated an integrated cyber security offering to protect critical infrastructure such as power stations and oil & gas installations. Presenting at the Cyber Security Forum for Energy and Utilities in Abu Dhabi last week, the firm presented their packaged offering which comprises four countermeasures to potential cyber attacks on infrastructure projects.

"We are witnessing more and more sophisticated attacks on government and industrial assets. Just recently we saw reports that gas pipelines have been subjected to an ongoing coordinated cyber attack by unknown hackers. Utilities and entities in the Middle East are just as vulnerable to a crippling, sustained cyber attack with potentially wide ranging economic consequences for the region," said Cassidian CyberSecurity CEO Herve Guillou.

Countering these threats, the company's solution includes a formal risk assessment of industrial control systems, the use of Firewall technology specifically aimed at control systems and the integration of a Security Information and Event Monitoring System. The company will also utilise whitelisting technology to prevent infection or corruption of control systems.

"The best defence for any Industrial Control System is to design an overall security architecture that provides defence in depth across the different components.

"What is more difficult to identify is an approach that enables necessary defences without creating additional risks for the architecture and operating procedures. There Cassidian CyberSecurity developed a complete approach which provides a whole-life solution and intergrates the best solutions into a single package," said Andrew Beckett, head of consulting and professional services with the firm.

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