NAMUR and BSI unite the goal of secure IT structures in the process industry

NAMUR (Interchangeability Automatisierungstechnik der Prozessindustrie) and BSI (Federal Office for Security in Information Technology) unite the goal of secure IT structures in the process industry. Therefore, close cooperation was decided and institutionalized in autumn 2018. What is the current state of cooperation? CHE Manager spoke to Felix Hanisch, CEO of NAMUR and Head of Industrial Automation at Bayer. The interview was conducted by Volker Oestreich.

CHE Manager: Mr. Hanisch, with increasing networking, new threat scenarios are emerging for the chemical industry as well. What about cyber security in the industry ?

Felix Hanisch : For the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, safety has long come first in everything we do. It is about the safety of our products, processes and equipment, the safety and protection of our employees, customers and partners and the environment. Security has many facets, and IT security is another that has become increasingly important to us in the process industry in recent years. Today, IT security is an integral part of our security management.
It was against this background that we were especially pleased at NAMUR last year, when the BSI became a member of NAMUR at our main meeting in 2018. At the same time, we have committed ourselves to promoting BSI’s cyber security alliance in the process industry and actively supporting its goals.

What can NAMUR contribute to this cooperation?

F. Hanisch : NAMUR can score points with its own competence: for many years, our working group 4.18 “Automation Security” under the leadership of Erwin Kruschitz and with the participation of the BSI already deals with the special aspects of IT security in automation technology , In 2015, the working group formulated NORUR recommendation NE 153 “Automation Security Agenda 2020” technological requirements for future automation solutions.

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