ABB has been advancing technologies of the Internet of Things, Services and People for more than a decade via its control systems, communication solutions, sensors and software, allowing industry, utility and infrastructure customers to make more-intelligent use of data to optimize their operations, increase productivity and flexibility. As opportunities of the Internet of Things, Services and People evolve, so does the need to be protected from cyber security threats accompanying this transformation.
For ABB, protection of the Internet of Things, Services and People's interwoven systems of information technology and operational technology is central to the company’s Next Level strategy. With industrial assets of our customers linked to those of the digital world, cyber security demands that connected products and systems be engineered to anticipate risks and respond agilely in a rapidly changing, dynamic environment.
With over half of ABB’s products related to software, the company and its thousands of software developers, commissioning engineers and service personnel recognize the importance of integrating cyber protection, starting at the earliest design and development stages through testing, commissioning and lifetime support. No single solution can keep increasingly interconnected systems secure, so ABB works with customers to create a defense-in-depth approach where multiple security layers detect and deter threats - if, where and when they may arise.
In addition to its own Group Cyber Security Council, ABB is active in cyber security standardization efforts through external initiatives such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Society of Automation (ISA). To this end, ABB participates in Industrie 4.0 as well as in the Industrial Internet Consortium, working together with global companies, groups and universities to accelerate the Internet of Things, Services and People by identifying and promoting best practices and standards, including for cyber security.