Cybersecurity and the impact on the control of critical infrastructures is a serious and a comprehensive subject. Serious, because the impact of security related issues can be enormous. Comprehensive, because security issues impact design, construction, maintenance and emergency response.
Cybersecurity impacts systems for Protection, Automation and Control (PAC) and Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS). We normally refer to these systems as the OT environment.
In every stage of the life cycle of PAC and IAC systems, a tooling environment is important. Such a cybersecure tooling environment must handle issues such as privilege management, device & (application) software hardening, application software management, licence management, secure remote access, secure file transfer, patch management, encryption, secure connections for remote support and backup’s.
For a cybersecure tooling environment, only attention to technical issues is not enough. A supporting organization that applies approved policies, business continuity, pen tests, pays attention to security awareness, education and training must also be available. A further focus on continuously improving the cybersecurity approach towards PAC and IAC systems including its tools is essential.
For these reasons Joulz Energy Solutions has developed the OT Workstation: a cybersecure tooling environment that facilitates users during design, testing, commissioning, maintenance and emergency response with a focus on (continuously) improving its service through technological and procedural improvements.
For this managed cybersecure tooling environment Joulz Energy Solutions has obtained an ISO/IEC27001 certification. Having more than three years of experience with this managed cybersecure OT tool environment, this service is now made available as a commercial service.