Dutch business and Operational Technology go hand in hand. So how does cybersecurity fit in?

January 29, 2020 at 09:52

The Dutch Industrial economy is doing well: revenues have been positive over the years; investments have been rising recently and companies contribute with a high share to the national income and to a significant number of employment opportunities. At the same time, the industrial economy has a relatively high dependence on export and the financial outlook is, given international tensions in the world, not always positive. The potential disruption of processes would immediately affect the competitive position of the Netherlands in international context.

We are in the middle of the next industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, also known as ‘Smart Factory’. This revolution is focused on hyperconnected, intelligent, self -learning and independent operational environments for the benefit of maximizing efficiency, costs, control and revenue. Where the last digital revolution focused on the shift from traditional IT processes and use of ICS to fully automated operational environments, this new revolution goes a step further. Industry 4.0 focuses on technological developments regarding optimization of production lines, predictive maintenance, climate neutral cyber-physical environments, improving efficiency with the use of IoT, BigData analytics and all kinds of Cloud services. It involves many integrations with machinery, equipment, ERP systems, sensor technology, ICS/SCADA-as-a-service, customer portals, and so forth. Many of these are connected to the internet.

Cybersecurity has a pivotal role in operational processes

Cybersecurity should be an essential element in defining or executing the new technology and innovation roadmap for organizations operating within the industrial economy. At the moment, where organizations improve their digitalization, where vendors can strengthen their support contracts with the use of remote access, where new ways of intelligent working are introduced, or where Internet of Things, smart sensors and all kinds of other technologies are applied - for the sake of ease, efficiency and cost control - this should be done with cybersecurity expertise in mind. Organizations must consider how to properly integrate cybersecurity into operational processes while keeping focus on the return of investment. Additionally, they must close the cultural gap in working with cybersecurity controls.

Nixu defines 4 essential elements to consider when integrating cybersecurity in the Industry segment:

  • Connectivity                          : Always available, no disruptions, high-speed connectivity, increased use of IoT
  • The use of apps                    : Custom production lines (inline technology), data ownership, protection of IP,                                                                     privacy, GDPR
  • Human factor                        : Open, always connected, continuous attention for safety, but also for security
  • Technology innovation      : Model based security, custom development, SCADA as-a-service models, data                                                                  analytics, Cloud, self-learning systems

Join our Industrial Cyber Security event on 12 February

On the 12th of February we will be addressing the above and more during our ICS Security event held at the HSD campus in The Hague. Join this insightful program and participate in discussions on gaining control, maintaining a frontrunning competitive position, and smart budgeting.

Presentations on the day will be provided by The Cyber Partners, TMC and Nixu:

12.00 - 13.00 Welcome and lunch
13.00 - 13.15 Brief event introduction by Suzanne Rijnbergen, Head of Benelux CDC at Nixu
13.15 - 14.15 'ICS strategy and risks' - Bert Heitink, Senior Principal Consultant at The Cyber Partners
14.15 - 15.00 'Secure ICS/OT infrastructure & availability' - Haydar Al Sawad & Gert Eising, Employeneurs at TMC              
15.00 - 15.15 Short break
15.15 - 16.15 'IT vs ICS monitoring - More than just tooling' - Jordan Schonagen, Senior Security Consultant at Nixu                       
16.15 - 16.45 'ICS Threat Intelligence & Incident Response' - Suzanne Rijnbergen, Head of Benelux CDC at Nixu                         
16.45 - 17.00 ICS Alliance project – Danilo Verhaert, Deloitte, on behalf of the ICS Project Alliance
17.00 Closing remarks, followed by drinks and bites

The event will take place at the campus of The Hague Security Delta (HSD), located next to The Hague Laan van NOI station. You can register to join this event via this link. We very much look forward to welcoming you on 12 February 2020 in The Hague!

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