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Chemical plant in West Virginia, USA, mitigates risk with ABB Cyber Security Fingerprint

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A West Virginia-based specialty chemical facility needed to comply with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) requirements to ensure safeguarding of its facilities and information.

Customer's need

To comply with internal cyber security standards and government agency requirements, the specialty chemical producer needed a complete review of the status of its current software and computer security measures as well as an assessment of the potential for exposure from computer viruses or malware.

ABB's response

The ABB Cyber Security Fingerprint identifies strengths and weaknesses for defending against a cyber attack within a plant’s control systems by gathering data from all servers within the control system and key personnel, and comparing them against best practices with ABB’s proprietary software-based analysis tool. The resulting report provides detailed recommendations to reduce cyber security vulnerabilities while helping to develop a focused and sustainable security strategy for control systems.

With ABB’s Security Logger tool, data was collected from the 30 computers at the specialty chemical facility in less than five hours without affecting the running process. Without the use of ABB’s proprietary data collection tool, this process would have taken several weeks.

With automated report generation leading the way, ABB technical analysts reviewed the data and provided results to the customer within a week. Automated report generation is one of the key features of several ABB Advanced Services offerings.

Included in the report was a detailed, prioritized action plan to address the issues uncovered by the Cyber Security Fingerprint, which also provided the basis for an overall cyber security program for the site. However, to comply with CVI requirements, ABB shares the specifics of the Fingerprint report only with the customer.

Main facts

Industry Chemicals - speciality and consumer products
Customer

Specialty chemical facility 

Location West Virginia, U.S.A.
Solutions
  • The specialty chemical facility used the ABB Cyber Security Fingerprint to gather data from all servers within the control system.
  • With ABB's Security Logger tool, data was collected from the 30 computers at the specialty chemical facility in less than five hours without affecting the running process.
  • ABB technical analysts reviewed the automated report which was generated. They provided the customer with a detailed, prioritized plan to reduce cyber security vulnerabilities, while helping to develop a focused and sustainable security strategy for control systems.
Benefits
  • Fast resolution for vital security issues
  • Comprehensive view of plant cyber security status
  • Better risk mitigation against a cyber security attack
  • A security plan established within a week

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