We see that technical installations are becoming more and more complex, and systems more and more dependent. At the same time, more and more employees are working from a (home) location. Being able and willing to operate and log anywhere, anytime means increased connectivity is required. Proportionally, cyber security risks are also increasing. Operating reliability and the security of systems are therefore an important part of our design process.
Although cybercrime sometimes is mere mischief, more often the goal is to steal data or sabotage production processes. Vertical integration of automation systems also entails threats to industrial control systems. By viruses and hackers or by the Stuxnet worm, for example. Within industry and infrastructure, there is a growing awareness that these developments are creating new business risks. These risks also apply to the products we supply, such as control systems for drinking water companies, remotely controlled bridges, locks and pumping stations, the chemical and food industries.
For industrial automation, there are guidelines that we must follow: the Network and Information Systems Security Act (Wbni) and the standard for cyber security in industrial systems (IEC62433):