By Sandra Rossi
The industry's first cyber-security vulnerability database for
industrial control systems was launched this week by security solutions
provider Wurldtech Security Technologies.
The vendor provides solutions to operators of SCADA, process control
systems worldwide and has dubbed the new database Delphi.
It is designed to provide vendors, operators, system integrators, and
service providers unparalleled visibility into the reliability, safety
and security of the systems and networks essential to the operation of
the world's critical infrastructure.
Wurldtech CEO, Tyler Williams, said the company understands the unique
security challenges facing the industrial automation industry today,
particularly when attempting to address the issue of securing legacy
industrial control systems.
"Our mission is to provide meaningful cyber-security solutions to
safeguard the integrity of critical industrial automation and we are
proud to announce Delphi, yet another tool to help our customers
accurately identify real risks and make better-informed decisions to
protect their industrial operations," he said. As cyber-security risks
increase in frequency, severity and sophistication, Williams said the
process of managing the security of SCADA and process control systems is
becoming extremely difficult.
Currently, security solutions for legacy industrial control systems are
delivered through a small number of companies and disparate commercial
products from different vendors lack integration and interoperability.
The end result, according to Williams, is a high degree of complexity,
increased operational costs, limited visibility and reliance on
inappropriate data to make critical security decisions.
"For a majority of industrial organizations, the outcome is a weak
security risk profile - an insecure network infrastructure, incomplete
regulatory compliance, security audit failures and increased security
management costs that are not in line with business objectives," he
Joe Weiss of Applied Control Solutions, LLC, said a major industry
challenge is the lack of known specific security risks that could impact
the reliability and availability of industrial control systems.
"Delphi will be the most comprehensive database of known and unknown
risk profiles for industrial control systems to serve as a knowledge
base to guide operators, integrators, and industrial professionals as
they implement security plans and strategies."
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