At Siemens, we know how to leverage data to protect societySiemens USA understands the needs of cybersecurity because we’ve undergone digital transformation ourselves, becoming the largest industrial software company worldwide. Our experience spans both IT and OT, the virtual and physical worlds. That’s why cybersecurity is centered in everything we do, because we’re not just building the physical world—we’re connecting it, too.
Through that process, we’ve learned how to protect customer data—because it belongs to them—and how to use our own data selectively and carefully to protect and improve society. This can give organizational leaders increased confidence as they explore the value of the Internet of Things (IoT). To maintain the trust of our customers and partners, we’re developing new cyber tools, and we’re continuously improving the security of our products and services.
Also, we’re part of a global coalition fighting cyberattacks, because our broader view is that no one company or organization can take on the cybersecurity threat by themselves. Siemens is now working with other companies through the Charter of Trust (CoT). This is a global alliance aimed at securing everything from power grids and oil rigs to factories and transportation systems in the digital age. And it establishes three key goals to which we’re committed: protecting data; preventing physical harm; and growing confidence in the security of digital infrastructure.
The Siemens holistic approach to cybersecurity
Cybersecurity 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.
Siemens’ expertise in and domain know-how of automation, digitalization, and electrification in compliance with international standards provide the foundation for a long-term security partnership.
Siemens’ interoperable products and solutions meet the strictest cybersecurity requirements for secure communication, protection of data integrity, access control, and consistent monitoring.
Optimal and secure interaction among all components is crucial: Siemens integrates all products, processes, and technical solutions to form a highly secure system that ensures a fully protected operation.
Siemens’ integrated cybersecurity solutions also include consulting that covers technological, procedural, and personal elements and comprehensive services throughout the entire lifecycle of the assets.
Cybersecurity and the workforce of the future
While digital analytics might detect something strange, the human expert is essential to deciding if there’s really a cybersecurity problem at hand or not. People will always be central to cybersecurity and will need organizational support and investment.
Another compelling reason to invest in people: Cybersecurity positions are growing three times faster than other IT positions. When compared to other jobs, they are growing 12 times faster. Next year, in 2021, there will be an estimated 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide, while cybercrime damage in 2021 is expected to cost a staggering $6 trillion.
To address a growing cybersecurity skills gap, Siemens USA Chief Cybersecurity Officer Kurt John supports a mindset change when it comes to recruiting talent. (see Kurt's discussion about cybersecurity talent with Kai Michael Hermsen, Global Coordinator for the Charter of Trust). Key to that is encouraging public-private partnerships that inspire more people to pursue options such as career technical education in high school, two-year technical programs at community colleges, or apprenticeships that help people build cybersecurity skills.
Siemens USA invests $50 million annually in continuing education programs for employees. The company has invested billions of dollars’ worth of industrial software and hardware to support more than one million students at more than 3,000 educational institutions worldwide, while providing 15,000 students in over 500 schools with access to its industrial technologies including equipment, software and instructor training.
Additionally, the Siemens Foundation is working with MxD USA to develop the first comprehensive workforce development strategy for cybersecurity in manufacturing.
A playbook for cyber incident response
According to Leo Simonovich, Global Head of Industrial Cybersecurity, Siemens Energy, a key approach to the evolving threat environment is for businesses to develop an incident response (IR) plan to better detect, contain, and eliminate cyberattacks with minimal impact on operations.