Honeywell inaugurates first cyber security centre in Middle East

Honeywell inaugurates first cyber security centre in Middle East

6:48 AM, 1st March 2018
Honeywell inaugurates first cyber security centre in Middle East
New state-of-the-art center to strengthen regional cyber security preparedness for industrial and critical infrastructure.

DUBAI, UAE: Honeywell (HON) has launched its first industrial cyber security centre of excellence (COE) at its Middle East headquarters in Dubai. The new COE is a pioneering technology centre with a safe off-process environment to test and demonstrate process control network vulnerabilities and threats, train customers with real-time attack simulations and provide advanced customer consultations.

The COE further demonstrates Honeywell’s commitment to addressing the industrial cyber security needs of customers in the Middle East region by leveraging globally proven expertise, technology and solutions. This investment comes in support of regional government initiatives such as the Dubai cyber security strategy, aiming to strengthen cyber security defences amidst growing digital transformation across industries. The new centre will support a rapidly developing Middle East cyber security market.

The centre contains distributed control systems, a physical plant process and the latest industrial cyber security software and solutions. It includes data analytics and networking equipment capable of supporting unique training sessions, demonstrations, workshops, and cyber-attack simulations. The facility is led by a full-time operations team with deep industrial cyber security expertise and operational technology knowledge fundamental to help customers stay ahead of cyber threats.

The COE provides a hub in the region to collect customer feedback and collaborate with global research and development teams to help develop solutions for the region and global markets. Some of the key Honeywell solutions in the centre include Risk Manager, Experion PKS, Secure Media Exchange (SMX), Advanced Threat Intelligence Exchange (ATIX), ICS Shield and Industrial Managed Security Services.

“This COE is the first of its kind dedicated to developing world-class industrial cyber security expertise for our customers in the region. It provides a safe, real-world environment to learn in, allowing us to innovate and augment industrial cyber security skills. The centre is also a critical part of Honeywell’s network of global Cyber Security COEs dedicated to improving industrial cyber security for critical infrastructure, information technology and operational technology (IT/OT) convergence and digital transformation,” said Jeff Zindel, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security.

“As threats to industrial control environments become more sophisticated, it will be crucial to train the workforce of the industry for effective cyber security implementation. At the centre, we are able to demonstrate cyber security solutions and controls in attack scenarios to show which of them are most effective at combatting various attacks,” said Safdar Akhtar, business development director of industrial cyber security for EMEA at Honeywell Process Solutions.

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