ICL – KME CS and Kaspersky Lab to Expand Cooperation in Industrial Cybersecurity
Recent research by SANS Institute analysts showed that nearly a quarter of the respondents were confronted with the fact that their Industrial Control Systems (ICS) were hacked over the past year. At the same time, the number of successful attacks increases with each time, and existing protection mechanisms are often not enough to withstand modern threats. To develop an effective approach that fully meets the market requirements, ICL — KME CS and Kaspersky Lab are joining their efforts and announce about the profound cooperation in industrial cybersecurity.
ICL — KME CS and Kaspersky Lab had joint activities in this field before. In particular, they held several joint workshops dedicated to ICS cybersecurity in different cities of Russia under the framework of ITSF project last year.
Now the companies intend to expand cooperation implementing a program to create stands that demonstrate possible threats to the technological process in cyberattacks and solutions that allow these threats to be neutralized. The goal of the program is to raise awareness on key aspects of industrial cybersecurity among industrial enterprises and government agencies.
The first stand was presented at IT & Security Forum 2016 held in Kazan in late May and was highly appreciated by the leadership of the Republic of Tatarstan, as well as representatives of the Russian industrial business stand community. The prototype installation simulated the operation of an automated system that controls the oil refinery’s stock of commodity and raw materials, clearly demonstrating how the system behaves in the event of incidents of information security and what means of protecting information will be involved in doing so. In the future similar stands are planned to be created also with reference to other industries having their own specifics.
«One of the challenges of industrial enterprises today is lack of knowledge and experience in ensuring cybersecurity for industrial systems. The use of demonstration stands will greatly facilitate the process of interaction and clearly demonstrate the capabilities of special protection systems,» says Victor Vyacheslavov, Deputy Director of System Technologies at ICL — KME CS. «We are going to implement this project together with our committed partner — Kaspersky Lab within ICS Information Security Competence Center in Innopolis.
In addition to the training program, the companies plan to conduct a number of joint projects to implement a specialized solution — Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity — in several industrial enterprises in Russia.
«Cyberattacks on industrial facilities, unfortunately, have already become a daily reality, which is why it is especially important to pay attention to the protection of industrial systems. We are glad that companies not only from the information security sector but also from the IT industry as a whole understand the importance of this task and are ready to act to provide reliable protection of automated control systems that are widely distributed in industrial enterprises. I am sure that close cooperation with our long-standing partner ICL — KME CS will allow us to make significant progress in this direction,» says Andrey Suvorov, Head of Critical Infrastructure Protection, Global Markets at Kaspersky Lab.