Taking cyberthreats seriouslyThe numerous advantages of today’s increasingly digitalized and interconnected energy infrastructures come with a price: Cyberattacks have become a serious risk factor. Comprehensive security mechanisms and a security-oriented mindset throughout the entire organization are required to avert and control this risk. Discover how you can ensure the best possible protection of your power supply infrastructure and take security considerations into account throughout an entire network and all business processes.
Working together for cybersecuritySafeguarding energy infrastructures from cyberthreats is a rapidly changing battlefield that requires awareness, continuous vigilance, and a consolidated response from everyone involved. Superior technology, information advantages, and the right allies are important keys to success. Based on its long-standing experience in industrial cybersecurity, its domain knowledge in the field of energy, and comprehensive integration capabilities, Siemens serves as a strong partner for grid operators and utilities by providing reliable cybersecurity products, solutions, and services that help protect energy infrastructures.
A holistic approach
Cybersecurity has numerous facets, and no one will be able to handle the entire field alone. That’s why Siemens participates in international standardization bodies and cooperates with leading companies and organizations, such as the European Energy - Information Sharing & Analysis Centre (EE-ISAC) and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCDCOE) to develop and improve security standards for energy infrastructures.
This knowledge and experience, plus a specially designed IEC 62443-certified framework, provides the basis for Siemens’ unique Security Circle – a holistic concept for comprehensive energy infrastructure protection that's characterized by four pillars.
Siemens contributed to NATO CCDCOE's Locked Shields 2019 live-fire cyber defense exerciseLocked Shields, organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) is the largest and most complex international live-fire cyber defence exercise in the world. The annual real-time network defence exercise is a unique opportunity for national cyber defenders to practise protection of national IT systems and critical infrastructure under the intense pressure of a severe cyber attack.
Practicing protection with 4,000 virtualized systems and more than 2,500 attacks
More than 1,000 experts from nearly 30 nations were involved in Locked Shields 2019. In addition to maintaining more than 4,000 virtualised systems and experiencing over 2,500 attacks, the teams must be effective in reporting incidents, solving forensic challenges and executing strategic decisions, to include legal and media scenario injects. To stay abreast of market developments, Locked Shields focuses on realistic and cutting-edge technologies, scenarios, networks and attack methods. Spectrum Power, Siemens’ large-scale power grid control system, was part of the exercise once again this year.
In a world where transmission and distribution networks are more and more important, protecting their integrity must be a priority for operators and tech providers alike.Michael Weinhold, CTO at Siemens Energy Management