Automation Security The Launch of a New Namur Recommendation

Editor: Gabriele Ilg

“One thing at the very top of our (ZVIE's and Namur’s) agenda is the security of automation technology for the process industry,” said Hans-Georg Kumpfmüller, member of the board of the ZVEI Automation Div., who was discussing the trends in automation at last month’s press event at Dechema.

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Hans-Georg Kumpfmüller (Siemens), member of the board of the ZVEI Automation Div., and chairman of the Measurement & Process Automation sector.
Hans-Georg Kumpfmüller (Siemens), member of the board of the ZVEI Automation Div., and chairman of the Measurement & Process Automation sector.
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Modern automation solutions are subject to higher risks and threats as a result of the increasing use of open and interlinked system architectures and components from standard IT, he explains. At the moment, technical IT security measures are usually implemented in solutions, in addition to the actual automation components themselves.

“This increases the complexity of automation system applications, which thus become increasingly difficult to manage,” he said. For this reason, ZVEI and Namur, supported by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), have worked together to define a few basic requirements that must be met by process automation.

Based on this, Namur Recommendation NE 153 “Automation Security 2020” will be published to coincide with this year's Achema. NE 153 will be presented for the first time today, at 3 p.m. in the Achema forum, “Automation in Dialogue.”

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